Pirates’ Ryan to answer fan questions on Thursday

The American Hockey League has announced that Portland Pirates rookie forward Bobby Ryan will enter the AHL Chat Room on Thursday, May 1, to answer fans’ questions. Click here to submit your question(s) for the chat.

Ryan, drafted second overall by Anaheim in 2005, tallied 49 points (21-28-49) in 48 games for Portland this season and was named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team.

He shows four points (1-3-4) in five playoff games thus far, helping the Pirates to an Atlantic Division finals match-up with Providence.

The 21-year-old put together a four-game goal-scoring streak and a six-game point-scoring streak earlier this season and was voted as a starter at the 2008 AHL All-Star Game on Jan. 28.

He made his professional debut for Portland in the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs, posting eight points (1-7-8) in 19 contests as the Pirates reached Game 7 of the conference finals.

Ryan scored a goal in his first career NHL game for Anaheim on Sept. 29, 2007, against Los Angeles in London, England.

The Camden, N.J., native totaled 10 points (5-5-10) in 23 games for the Ducks this season, and he also skated in two Stanley Cup Playoff games this spring.