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    RYDBERG SET TO JOIN MULLETS

    By Brandon Laxson 06/23/2022, 3:30pm CDT

    Reconnects With High School Teammate in Juniors

    RYDBERG SET TO JOIN MULLETS

    Reconnects With High School Teammate in Juniors 

    By Brandon Laxson

    The Minnesota Mullets are honored to announce that defenseman Mason Rydberg has signed for the 2022-23 season. Rydberg is the second of this recruiting class from the Pine City area. 

    Rydberg accompanies Jimmy Lindblom in joining the Mullets from Pine City Area High School after playing there together for three years. The two of them also follow in the footsteps of Jimmy’s older brother, Jake, who played for the same high school program, joined the Mullets, and is now seeing success at the collegiate level. 

    Needless to say, it is a hockey hotbed that Mullets’ Head Coach Chris Walby is privy to and which brought Rydberg to his attention. 

    “Mason is a player that I’ve been watching since June of last year. He’s been to our spring main camp the past two years and from a Pine City High School program that I am very familiar with.” 

    The Pine City pair both expressed excitement at the prospect of getting back on the ice together. 

    “I think it's awesome that me and Jimmy will get to keep playing together,” said the Mullets’ newest defender. 

    “We have been really good friends since a very young age and have grown up playing hockey with each other our entire lives. I think it's gonna be great to have an opportunity to keep playing together and to help each other get better and better at the sport every single day.”

    Lindblom shared a similar sentiment. “We’ve played together our whole entire lives … We basically live together and I can’t wait to play with him again.” 

    The players aren’t the only ones eager to get back on the ice. Coach Walby is looking forward to getting Rydberg in the building. 

    “I’m very excited to finally get him here and get to work. My first impression of Mason was that this kid has potential to be a star in our league. 

    “He has great size and mobility, skates very well and has a solid skill set. His on-ice vision, decision making, and first pass are going to develop quickly here and I see Mason becoming the star I envisioned after we put the work in.” 

    And what kind of skill set will he develop, exactly? Rydberg believes it to be his offensive abilities. The 2004 defenseman has been a “shut-down” defender his entire career, but he believes he found some scoring capabilities to add to his toolbelt.  

    “I didn't see my offensive side really show until my senior year of high school and believe that with the Mullies I'll be able to improve that side of my game greatly.” 

    The numbers don’t lie. Through two high school seasons, Rydberg put up only six points (2-4=6) in 41 games until his final season with the Dragons when he managed 19 points (5-14=19) in 23 contests. He trailed then-and-now teammate Jimmy Lindblom by a mere two points and was third among team defensemen in scoring that season. 

    Rydberg is proud of the newfound success he had in his final season in green and white, but recognizes the coming challenge of playing juniors. He looks to the forthcoming challenge with optimism. 

    “I am really looking forward to stepping my game up to the next level. It's not high school anymore and it will only get tougher and tougher from here on out so I want to improve in every aspect of the game that I possibly can.” 

    Coach shares in the optimism of the young blueliner. “I’m confident Mason is going to make an immediate impact here for us,” he said. “He’s going to log major minutes for a rookie in our league, but I anticipate he’ll be more than ready to handle that type of role.”

    Mullets Sign Wruble

    By Brandon Laxson 06/21/2022, 8:15am CDT

    PHILADELPHIA HOCKEY CLUB AAA PROSPECT OFF TO MINNESOTA 

    MULLETS SIGN WRUBLE

    PHILADELPHIA HOCKEY CLUB AAA PROSPECT OFF TO MINNESOTA 

    By Brandon Laxson 

    The Minnesota Mullets are proud to announce the addition of forward Ryan Wruble for the 2022-23 season. The Mullies’ newest recruit is set to travel from the Quaker State to the State of Hockey. 

    Wruble joins the Mullets after three seasons of high school hockey at Northampton Area and one season playing AAA hockey with the Philadelphia Hockey Club. 

    In three years with Northampton, the 2003 forward played in nearly 50 games and recorded 65 points (38-27=65), averaging 1.33 points per game. He also posted two points (1-1=2) in two playoff games with the AAA 18U club. 

    Playing for PHC was his first time away from home, something he will have to do again when he arrives in the Twin Cities. 

    “My first time away from home for a long period of time was super different to me but my billet family/ coach, Corey Sosner, was amazing at accepting me into the family like I was his son.” 

    Wruble expressed equal parts nervousness and excitement at the idea of moving to the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but as Mullet fans already know, this team is a family. The same hospitality that was extended to Wruble at PHC will be extended to him here as well. 

    In fact, it already has. “I flew out to practice with a couple members of the team as well as with the coach and he made me feel super welcomed,” said Wruble of his future team. 

    Besides his brief practice time, Wruble’s time with PHC gave him his first look at the next level of hockey, raising the bar of competition by just one more degree and helping him to develop more as a person. 

    “My AAA experience at Philadelphia Hockey Club was great,” said the forward. “I met a lot of great people to help me grow as a young adult… Playing [with PHC] definitely helped me progress into the hockey player I am today because of how competitive it was.” 

    Mullets’ Head Coach Chris Walby agrees with the sentiment. “His AAA background will help him adjust quickly to the demands of our daily routine and the league’s skill level.” 

    It was actually a PHC teammate of Wruble who gave him the nudge to come to Minnesota, he mentioned. “I chose the Mullets because my buddy from my prior team recommended giving them a look to play junior hockey.” 

    No one is more grateful for the unnamed teammate than Coach Walby, who spoke highly of his newest recruit. The coach mentioned, “Ryan is going to be an immediate impact player for us this fall. He skates and shoots well, has good size and is very coachable.” 

    “I’m excited to get him here and to get started,” he added. 

    Coach Walby is not the only one excited for the arrival of the Pennsylvania native. As with all competitors, Wruble is ready to get here and face the challenge this next step brings. 

    “The thing I am most looking forward to in my career is to grow as a player and move to the next level. I am excited to work as hard as I can and hopefully win a championship with the Mullets.”

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