Ryan Potulny (born September 5, 1984 in Grand Forks, North Dakota) is an American professional ice hockey player. He plays center for the Edmonton Oilers in the National Hockey League (NHL). He is the younger brother of Grant Potulny.
Potulny was drafted in the third round, 87th overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers after playing two years with the USHL's Lincoln Stars. He spent the next three seasons playing collegiate hockey with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, recording 68 goals and 50 assists for a total of 118 points in 100 games. Potulny ranked first in the nation with 38 goals and 63 points during his last season with the Gophers, 2005–06, and was named an All-WCHA First Team Honoree and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.
Potulny signed a 2-year entry level contract with the Flyers on March 29, 2006. He played his first two professional games with the Flyers at the tail-end of the 2005–06 season, making his NHL debut on April 7, 2006 and also recording his first point. He split the 2006–07 season with the Flyers and the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms.