Michael Ryan Rupp
Center
Left-Handed Shot
Height: 6' 5", Weight: 230 pounds
Born: 1.13.80 Cleveland, Ohio
How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Phoenix Coyotes with Devils' 2nd round pick in the 2004 E.D. for Jan
Hrdina, 3.5.04
How he returned: Signed as a free agent from the Columbus Blue Jackets, 7.10.06
How he left again: Signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins, 7.1.09
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
2002-03
NJ
26
5
3
8
0
21
34
2
1
3
0
0
0
3
2003-04
NJ
51
6
5
11
-1
41
64
1
1
2
0
0
0
1
2006-07
NJ
76
6
3
9
-10
92
60
0
1
1
0
0
0
1
2007-08
NJ
64
3
6
9
-8
58
69
1
1
2
0
0
0
0
2008-09
NJ
72
3
6
9
-2
136
76
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
289
23
23
46
-21
348
303
4
4
8
0
0
0
5
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
I like that Rupper has the size. He would be a good body to have down low on the power play. He showed spots of that
in the 07-08 season.

The only problem is he's generally viewed as, and most often played as, a fourth line player. I definitely don't question,
though, that he is indeed an energy player that's not afraid to drop the gloves.

But he finally showed a different side of him when he was put on a line with Dainius Zubrus and David Clarkson at the
end of the season. He played rather well, even saw some time on the power play.

As is the case with most career fourth liners, he's moved around a lot. He usually didn't stay with one team for more than
2, 3 seasons tops. He last played in 2014 with the Minnesota Wild.

He now works as an analyst on the NHL Network.
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
2002-03
NJ
4
1
3
4
4
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2006-07
NJ
9
0
1
1
1
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2007-08
NJ
5
0
1
1
1
2
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2008-09
NJ
7
0
0
0
-2
14
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
25
1
5
6
4
23
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Playoff Statistics with the Franchise
Entry Draft: 1998 First Round Pick (9th overall) by the
New York Islanders
Re-entered... 2000 Third Round Pick (76th overall) by the
New Jersey Devils