This is from the November 30, 2009 issue of ESPN The Magazine. To see athletes No. 20-16 on this countdown, click here. To see athletes No. 15-11, click here. The top five will be revealed in our December 14, 2009 issue.
By going one spot behind top pick Sidney Crosby in the 2005 NHL draft,
Ryan began his career as the answer to a trivia question. But after bouncing between Anaheim affiliates in Maine and Iowa, the New Jersey native made a name for himself when he joined the Ducks roster full-time last fall. By season's end, Ryan had scored a hat trick, led his team in plus/minus and earned bragging rights as a finalist for Rookie of the Year. Currently the Ducks' shot leader, the 6'2" right wing is clearly gunning for more this season. Says coach Randy Carlyle, "Bobby is proving he's worthy of his pick in the draft."
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