Thread: Ryder vs Ward
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10-04-2003, 07:56 AM
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Ryder and Ward will fit well anywhere. They have the grit, size and physical intensity to play on the 4th, the defensive awareness to play on the 3rd and possibly the scoring touch to eventualy (one day) play on a scoring line. They are more than just grinders and if given the opportunity (some day), they could end up producing offensively (I don't beleive it will be this year though).

At this point those two players are VERY valuable to us for almost the same reasons. 2 right-wingers that make us bigger, tougher and deeper. Who cares who's ahead of who? It's up to Julien to determine which one he'd like to use in a certain role.

It's not like one is a clear cut over the other right now as things goes. Ward's a bit more proven, Ryder had a better camp. Let's start from there shall we and have them fight for more ice time. Remember that if Audette does not do well, management won't be patient with him and this could mean instant increase in responsibilities for either Ward or Ryder.

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