Former St. Louis Jr. Blues defenseman Ryan Trenz was taken in the first round (seventh overall) by the Chicago Steel in the 2011 United States Hockey League (USHL) Entry Draft on Monday.
Trenz spent the 2010-11 season playing for the Michigan Warriors of the North American Hockey League where he was named to the All-Rookie Team. Trenz, a 91 birthyear, tallied eight goals and 25 points in 56 regular season games and was instrumental in the Warriors' playoff run where they reached the finals of the Robertson Cup.
Prior to his NAHL career, Trenz spent two seasons with the Jr. Blues and scored one of the team's biggest goals to help capture the Jr. Blues' first Tier III Junior A national championship. Before junior hockey, Trenz grew up playing hockey in the Affton Americans CSDHL program and was a member of several Mid-States High School championships at Christian Brothers College High School.
"I got to see Ryan last year for the first time when I coached the defense," said Jr. Blues head coach J.P. Beilsten. "His poise with the puck, vision on the ice and shot were incredible. He was the anchor on defense and a big reason for our national championship last year. Chicago is getting an outstanding player and person."
"Ryan is a special player," Jr. Blues assistant coach Mike Hazelton. "I didn't get the chance to work with him last year, but was here his rookie year. That year he was a forward, but late in the season we toyed with the idea of moving him back to defense. I think that experience at both positions is what helped him develop his vision and puck handling skills. Last year, he proved he is as good of a two-way defenseman as anyone."
According to the Steel's Web site: With the 7th overall pick in the draft (pick acquired in trade with Sioux City), the Steel have selected Defenseman Ryan Trenz. Ryan is a 6'0, 180lbs, 91 birth year defenseman who played played for the Michigan Warriors of the NAHL last season. In 56 games for the warriors Ryan had 8 goals, 17 assists for 25 points and was a +20.
The Scouting Report: Ryan is a mobile and intelligent two-way defenseman that will help our transition game and powerplay. He exudes leadership, is a great skater and is a skilled puck-mover. He's an instinctive defender with an active stick and he battles hard.