Ryder vs Ward
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10-04-2003, 06:53 AM
Join Date: Mar 2003
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I've seen many poster's lineup that have Ward as our 3rd line forward and Ryder playing the fourth line ... Now a question comes to mind : Why is that ?
I feel it's an evidence right now that Ryder is ahead of Ward in our depth chart. I would be very surprised if Ward played anywhere else than the fourth line. I feel Ryder as established himself like a potential (but limited) offensive weapon that plays with heart while Ward is still only a mucker ... Anyway I'd like to read from those that don't see it that way and especially the reasons why they see Ward ahead of Ryder at this time.
Ryder has yet to prove that he can play at the NHL level. Pre-season games are not NHL calibre games and it is very common to see career minor leaguers excel in the pre-season only to disappear to the minor league affilliate for the remainder of the season. I am not saying that Ryder is going to be a career minor leaguer but at this point Ward simply is more suited to playing an NHL style game than Ryder is.
Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing a 4th line of Langdon, Begin and Ryder with a 3rd line made up of Sundstrom, Kilger and Ward. I would be happy to see softies like Juneau and Dackell released or traded for a bag of pucks as we need more players with some sandpaper in their game because this team is currently a very enjoyable team to play against as there is little fear in the opposition's minds concerning getting hit hard or being roughed up.
As much as we need toughness and other players such as Ribeiro, Perreault and Audette need to go I also beleive there is no spot on this team for Gordie Dwyer. He can't skate, he has no skills and he simply is a pathetic fighter. Langdon is an upgrade over Dwyer in every category and as much as Dwyer seems like a good team guy there simply is not enough room on this team for 2 enforcers, especially when one of them can't get the job done on the ice.
Sorry for going off on my own little tangent on this post but one thing kind of led to another.
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