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Ryan Sittler was probably overrated in a weak draft year (1992). The Hockey News Draft Preview listed him as a "prototypical power forward...sure to make his make his mark in the NHL." In the same evaluation, an NHL scout was quoted as saying he was the safest pick of the draft. He played 2 years in college then turned pro. He played a couple of years for the Hershey Bears, although he had skill he was never big enough, fast enough or quick enough on his feet or with his hands to fulfill the HN predictions. Unfortunately, he was suckerpunched during an on-ice brawl while with Hershey and his cheekbone and orbital bones were broken very badly. He had trouble after that with his vision and depth perception. Whether he might have made the NHL without this injury is anyone's guess but he never came back fully from that injury. I met Ryan Sittler at a Flyers preseason camp in the mid 90s, at the time I had a newsletter on the Flyers and a press pass. He was a nice guy, very down to earth and was very hopeful to make his mark in Philadelphia.
He also suffered several serious knee injuries in the minors which led to his retirement at the ripe old age of 24. It was just one injury after another with him. I have my doubts if he ever would have made it to the NHL even if he had stayed completely healthy, but the Sittler family rates a 10 in my book. They've lived in the area for the past 20 years and you couldn't find nicer people. His sister Meaghan is still quite a hockey player.