|Assets:||Had the size teams lust after at the NHL level. Was the consummate team player who also dropped the gloves when needed to defend his mates. Could play a shutdown role, if required.|
|Flaws:||Was extremely limited in the offensive zone and made mistakes with the puck in his own end. His mobility and coordination was never his strength at the NHL level. Lacked consistency.|
|Career Potential:||Big, solid depth defenseman.|
|7/29/2015||Signed with the HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League.|
|9/02/2013||Signed with HC Lev Praha (KHL).|
|4/03/2013||Acquired from the Colorado Avalanche.|
|11/30/2012||Signed by the the Florida Everblades (ECHL).|
|3/10/2012||Missed 8 games (knee injury).|
|3/06/2012||Knee injury, day-to-day.|
|2/24/2012||Knee injury, injured reserve.|
|6/30/2011||Re-signed by the Colorado Avalanche to a two-year contract.|
|3/08/2011||Missed 4 games (facial injury).|
|2/26/2011||Facial injury, day-to-day.|
|11/11/2010||Acquired from the Montreal Canadiens.|
|1/20/2010||Missed 7 games (personal reasons).|
|1/03/2010||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|11/20/2009||Missed 19 games (knee injury).|
|10/06/2009||Knee injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|3/02/2009||Recalled from Hamilton (AHL).|
|2/16/2009||Assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|1/26/2009||Recalled from Hamilton (AHL).|
|12/31/2008||Assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|7/16/2008||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Montreal Canadiens to a three-year contract.|
|6/26/2008||Montreal Canadiens tendered a qualifying offer.|
|2/10/2008||Recalled from Hamilton (AHL).|
|2/07/2008||Missed 16 games (broken thumb) and assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|1/04/2008||Broken thumb, mid-February.|
|12/29/2007||Thumb injury, day-to-day.|
|12/05/2007||Recalled from Hamilton (AHL).|
|10/01/2007||Assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|9/29/2006||Assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|8/09/2006||Signed by the Montreal Canadiens to a two-year contract.|
|4/03/2013||Colorado Avalanche traded Ryan O'Byrne to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 4th round draft pick in 2014.|
|11/11/2010||Montreal Canadiens traded Ryan O'Byrne to the Colorado Avalanche for Michael Bournival.|
|6/21/2003||Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 3rd round (79th overall) in 2003.|
| 07/23/2016 10:34 AM
NewsO'Byrne has announced his retirement from professional hockey after 10 years.
Defenseman Ryan O'Byrne signs with KHL team | 09/02/2013 2:00 PM
NewsRyan O'Byrne has signed a two-year contract with KHL club HC LEV Praha.
ImpactHe recorded 60 penalty minutes and 104 hits in 42 games with Colorado and Toronto last season. O'Byrne wouldn't have been any help in standard leagues this year, so his departure won't impact you on draft day.
Ryan O'Byrne scores in Toronto debut | 04/09/2013 10:05 AM
NewsRyan O'Byrne scored a goal in his Maple Leafs debut Monday night.
ImpactHe jumped into the rush and scored a nice feed from across the ice by Nazem Kadri. O'Byrne also posted two shots, three hits, three blocks and a plus-2 rating to fill a pretty solid night on the stat sheet.
Ryan O'Byrne set to make Maple Leafs debut | 04/08/2013 12:12 PM
NewsRyan O'Byrne will make his Toronto Maple Leafs debut on Monday.
James Mirtle on Twitter
ImpactO'Byrne was acquired from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a fourth-round pick. He's a physical defender with 54 penalty minutes and 76 hits in 34 contests this season.
Toronto gets Ryan O'Byrne from Avalanche | 04/03/2013 3:21 PM
NewsColorado has dealt Ryan O'Byrne to Toronto for a fourth-round draft pick.
Darren Dreger on Twitter
ImpactO'Byrne plays an aggressive style that coach Randy Carlyle appreciates, so he could be a good fit in with the Maple Leafs as a depth blueliner. In 34 games this season, he has posted 54 penalty minutes, 76 hits and 49 blocked shots.
Ryan O'Byrne out, Zanon in Thursday | 03/14/2013 2:45 PM
NewsRyan O'Byrne will be a healthy scratch for Thursday's road match-up against Minnesota.
ImpactCoach Joe Sacco gave his reasoning behind the decision by saying, "He wasn't up to his best (against Edmonton). He struggled. He gives you everything he has, but sometimes you have to make a change that you think gives you the best chance to win and his play has dropped. It wasn't just the one game, it's been a few games. He's taken some bad penalties too at times. I talked to him about that and he knows that. When he gets back in the lineup, I expect him to be better for it." Greg Zanon will replace him in the lineup.
O'Byrne's getting more responsibility | 03/08/2013 8:54 AM
NewsRyan O'Byrne recorded a season-high 23:56 minutes of playing time on Wednesday.
ImpactThe Colorado Avalanche have been leaning on O'Byrne more while Erik Johnson and Ryan Wilson are sidelined. "You know my game. It's not flashy. I want to be hard to play against," O'Byrne said. "Give the puck to the forwards, block shots, kill penalties. Whatever the coaches need from me I do, whether I'm playing 11 minutes or 21 minutes. We just got to start winning some games here." Even with the added responsibility, O'Byrne only has fantasy value in leagues that count hits and blocked shots.
|Penalty Minutes||75||2010-11 (Mtl/Col)|
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