Originally drafted number 2 overall in the 2005 NHL entry draft by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Bobby Ryan comes to the Ottawa Senators by way of trade on July 5, 2013, for Senators Jakob Silverberg, Stefan Noesen and round 1 pick in the 2014 draft.
At the time of the trade, Ryan ranked sixth among the all time Duck scorers in both goals and points.
Born Robert Shane Stevenson on March 17, 1987, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Ryan grew up in Collingwood, New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia.
Despite initially refusing to play major junior, Ryan was drafted by the Owen Sound Attack in the 2003 OHL Selection Draft. Suiting up in his rookie season, Ryan registered 39 points for the Attack.
After finishing his OHL career, Ryan was assigned to the Portland Pirates of the AHL for the remainder of their season and started with the Mighty Ducks the next year.
Bobby Ryan has also competed internationally, representing the United States in the 2006 World Junior Championships, as well as Team USA during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He earned a silver medal after the U.S. lost to Canada in the gold medal match.