Monday, 09.19.2016 / 5:05 pm CT
Wildcats right-winger Ryan Burnett has been named the South Division Star of the Week, the NAHL announced Monday.
The veteran forward was a secondary scorer last season who seldom saw any time on either the power play or the penalty kill. This season, Burnett is scoring at a goal-per-game pace and has already passed half of last year’s goal totals.
“Ryan had a really good weekend,” Wildcats Head Coach Tony Curtale said. “He’s starting to transition from just a small, fast guy to a guy who can play Division I hockey. He’s learning to do all the little things he needs to play at that level.”
Burnett has been one of Curtale’s top choices on special teams and he has not failed to impress, particularly on the penalty kill. While he may not fit many people’s idea of a prototypical defensive forward, he has incredibly explosive speed which he used during the Corpus Christi series to score a shorthanded goal, and a second goal just after killing a penalty.
Burnett unleashed a seven-point series against Corpus Christi, tallying four goals and three assists in the three-game home stand. Not only did he put up big numbers and jump to the top of the NAHL in scoring, but he took an extremely young team under his wing and led by example as one of just three returning players on the roster.
With a much larger role on the Wildcats this season, we may be seeing a superstar-in-the-making in Ryan Burnett.
Photo: Cody Wooten