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Ryan Graves puts on defensive show in losing effort

Ryan Graves (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
Posted by Jess Rubenstein
May 24, 2014 at 04:50 am

Sometimes there are games where words just don’t do it the right kind of justice as Friday night’s semifinal matchup at the Memorial Cup. Maybe we use the word “classic” too much but boy was watching the triple overtime match between the Edmonton Oil Kings and the Val-d’Or Foreurs a whole lot of fun.

It took 102:42 before the Edmonton Oil Kings were finally able to get the winning goal but the real winner was the player who walked away with the game’s second star Ryan Graves (2013 4th) of the Val-d’Or Foreurs. Graves put on an awesome defensive performance especially in overtime that just may have stamped his name on a NHL future.

The Oil Kings were the dominant team in overtime but if you checked the stat sheet it won’t show it as time after time Graves was breaking up Oil King offensive rushes. Using his 6’4 frame, Graves would put his body in the way of the Oil Kings attack. The Foreurs used only 4 defensemen in the overtime period meaning Graves was out there every other shifts.

It was a very impressive performance by Graves who has upped his game since the Rangers signed him to his Entry Level Contract. There was no way that the Foreurs would have gotten out of the first overtime if not for the defensive efforts of Graves. The guys calling the game for Sportsnet were just raving about Graves who turned 19 just 3 days ago.

In regulation it was Graves who helped start a late 2 goal comeback that caused all thus overtime. Graves earning the secondary assist on Guillaume Gélinas goal that brought the Foreurs to within 1 goal at 17:52. It was Graves 2nd point of the Memorial Cup but both of his points were key points that helped his team out.

Graves finishes the season as the last New York Ranger prospect and a member of the QMJHL champions. It was a career year for Graves who started the season with the Charlestown Islanders before the trade that brought him to the Foreurs. Overall Graves was 5-17-22 with 68 PIMs and a +20. In the playoffs Graves played in 24 games and was 1-7-8 with 24 PIMs.

The Rangers got a steal with Graves in the 4th round as they can use a “stay at home” defender who offers size and mobility.


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