To say that Ryan Suter is having a good week would be an understatement.
Wednesday was America’s birthday. Ryan being a member of Team USA and proud American, we’re pretty sure he threw a pretty raging bbq.
Sparklers. Potato Salad. Inflatable Pool Beer Pong. The whole nine yards.
Then on the same day, he signed a BIG FAT MONSTER 13 year, $98 million dollar contract with the Minnesota Wild.
AMERICA! More sparklers.
But today is definitely the best day of Ryan Suter’s week.
It’s Friday and everyone loves Fridays.
But more importantly, Ryan becomes a member of a very elite fraternity of NHL players. We call it Phi Phi Phi. You might know it as…
However, the reasons above do not solely make one worth of this prestigious honor and induction in to Phi Phi Phi. Ryan has several other qualities that make him a worthy Foxy Friday honoree.
- Hockey Pedigree. Ryan is the son of Bob Suter, who was a member of the 1980 US Olympic Hockey team that defeated the Russians in Lake Placid. Everyone know how we feel about all things “Miracle” related. Also his uncle, Gary, is a NHL Hall of Famer and was the first American to win the Calder Trophy.
- Statistics. The 2011-2012 season was Ryan’s career best. 79 games played, 7 goals, 39 assists, 45 points, and a + 15 rating.
- He’s #1. Well, #7 actually. Ryan was drafted seventh overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Also in his draft class – Marc-Andre Fleury, Mike Richards, Corey Perry, Jeff Carter, Eric Staal, and his new Wild teammate, Zach Parise
- Epic Bromance Potential. Speaking of Zach…both signed identical contracts with the Wild on the same day! Both from the Midwest (Zach is from Minnesota, Ryan from Wisconsin.) Both played for Team USA. Both drafted in 2003. Both are adorable. Forget Parise Watch. We’re on Bromance Watch.
- Golden Boy. Ryan has represented the US in ten international tournaments and has won 3 gold medals. Unfortunately, he missed out on gold in the 2010 Olympics (one and only time I hated Canada) but we’re pretty sure he’ll get another shot in 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
- Military Might. Ryan played at the Culver Military Academy where he scored 45 points in 26 games. That’s an average of 1.7 points per game. Also, he can iron creases in his pants so sharp, they’ll cut you. (Full disclosure, it has been Fleet Week here in Boston. Lots of men in uniform around here. Sensory/ovary overload.)
- Puppies. Cute boys + puppies = WUYS meltdown.
When you take all this into a count, it’s not hard to see why Ryan would get this week’s honor. With in just a couple of days, he has become part of the THE biggest story in the off-season.
Personally, we’re dying to see what happens in Minnesota this season.
Will the Wild’s gamble pay off?
Will the team make the playoffs?
If they do, how far will they go?
Or will the liquidation of their piggy back be all for naught?
Check back with us in March…