Thread: Ryder vs Ward
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10-04-2003, 06:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Estimated_Prophet
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 agree completely with that. But as it can be said for Ryder, it can also be said of Ward. Ward doesn't have enough NHL experience to be considered a notch above Ryder. They are gunning for the same spot.

Even if it's still preseason and a lot can happen, it's preseason for both Ryder and Ward. Both have something to prove and right now Ryder is making a much better case for himself than Ward is. Considering Ward didn't prove much more beforehand than Ryder has, I see Ryder currently ahead of Ward in the depth chart.

That being said, I'm not making a case of Ryder having blown out the competition. It just a cold look at the current hab roster and Ryder vs Ward's position in it.

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