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09-20-2003, 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike8
I'm as big a fan of Ryder's as anyone's, and have been since his first season in Hull but, this is preseason. I'm hoping he'll earn himself a spot come October, but I'm hesitant to jump on the Ryder-bandwagon here... Preseason hockey is AHL-calibre hockey. Same goes for intra-squad games. It's not the talent level so much as the loose systems, and numerous breakdowns that can occur... and just the individual talent isn't up to par at this stage. As such, Ryder's play is not indicative of whether he's NHL calibre or not.

Regardless, he has progressed, he has a good work ethic, we'll see in a few weeks if he's up for the NHL yet.
Honestly, from what I saw of him last night, I don't think we can even factor scoring to determine if he's valuable or not for us. He plays with grit and passion and crashes and bangs all night long. It's not hard to see he'd be at least a perfect 4th line fit... At the very least.

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