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11-22-2004, 06:06 AM
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Blind Gardien
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Originally Posted by Postman
According to Woodlief he's trimmed the baby fat and the 224 lbs is mostly muscle. When's the last time you saw him up close?
I have no idea what type of fat Ryan has or doesn't have, but one thing's for certain, he is a lot stronger this year than last year. Last year, he had the huge frame, but he was nowhere near as dominant down low as he has been this year. This year, he goes into the corner with two guys hanging on his back, and comes out with the puck. This year, he can go in the crease with guys hammering him, and he doesn't budge an inch.

He's a hard guy to judge conditioning on based just on his on-ice performance, because he really tends to cruise and conserve energy until the puck gets into his "office" deep in the offensive zone. Then he becomes a beast.

So at any rate, wherever his conditioning and cut of physique is at, he has still definitely become stronger, increased his production and effectiveness significantly, and that is the kind of progress you want to see from a top prospect in his critical draft year. If he still lacks cut or conditioning, that can be addressed, but the progress is good to see, regardless.

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