Re: "Nobody wants Ryder"
posted at 10/23/2010 5:40 PM EDT
In Response to Re: "Nobody wants Ryder"
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: "Nobody wants Ryder" : I agree that Ryder is playing well right now. The one thing that his body of work has told us is that he is a streaky player, or consistently inconsistent.
I am surprised that the conclusion from your analysis is that Ryder had a strong playoff, my eyes didn't tell me that and the numbers just don't bear it out. Knowing that Ryder is such a streaky player, the above stats are not surprising, 2 good years and 3 bad years. I guess a 40% success rate is good for some folks, not me. This guy still has a bad contract and this team has cap pressure. Posted by Crowls2424[/QUOTE]
I agree with you for the most part. Stats wise he is streaky, like most 50 - 60 point players which is where I see his potential. 25G/25A - 30G-30A is great production from a 2nd or 3rd line player, and there is no reason Seguin can't achieve the same. Seguin of course has a much higher ceiling as he grows into his body and gains NHL experience.
Ryder does bring things to the table that I don't see from a player like Wheeler. He's pretty good at putting pressure on the forecheck, he draws penalties and doesn't take a lot himself, and he doesn't give the puck away much in the battles along the boards. Ryder's biggest weakness outside the pure stats is that he isn't the best defensive player and doesn't have the foot speed to be an effective penalty killer.
Ryder isn't a 20 min of ice time player like the big names. Given he's not a top line player, isn't on the penalty kill, I thought he did well last year in the playoffs in his role
. The pass to Satan was a great example of both hard work and great vision which you wouldn't get from a Wheeler. (yes, I had to do a double take to be sure it wasn't Bergeron making that play, it wasn't a typical Ryder play!)
At the end of the day I think 4 million is steep. 3 million would be as much as I think he should be making and for 3 million I think there would be a few other teams interested. Come UFA time, I can see him in Ottawa, Vancouver or with the Rangers if the Bruins don't re-sign him.