Ryder vs Ward
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10-04-2003, 08:06 AM
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Seriously desagree... Ward's skating does'nt look beautiful but it's effective and his speed is very ok for a guy of his size...
Ward has some nice offensive skills, a great hockey sense with nice hands and nice creativity contrary at what you say... Great shot, pass the puck very well...
If he can find his confidence of last year, sorry but he is the better fit for Koivu!
Edit: I don't say he is a real first liner, I rather see him as a decent second line winger, but while we are awaiting for a young gun happen (Perezhogin - Kastsitsyn), I really think that Ward is the man actually!
Seriously desagree me too ... Ward's skating is acceptable only in strait-away. He can't skate fast in curves and slalom, that's why he plays a decent skating game in corridor winger line. That player is okay to go deep in the offensive zone and give an hard time to other defensemen. But to play first line a player needs to skate laterally, make quick turns, you know what I mean, Zednik can do that, plus Zed is much faster than Ward in straight-aways. A good first /or second line winger must create opportunities to his center and teamates.
What makes you think he can be effective as 1rst lne winger is he “has some nice offensive skills, a great hockey sense with nice hands and nice creativity contrary at what you say... Great shot, pass the puck very well...”
There's a lot of these players in the NHL and AHL. A good 1rst line winger is like Simon Gagné: speed, creativity, endurance, great lateral moves, scoring touch, great acceleration.
Ward as a 1rst/or 2nd line winger would have a marginal impact. 1rst lne winger for a loosing team who doesn't make the playoffs. This is what I think.
What you mean when you say Ward is a fast skater “his speed is very ok for a guy of his size”? For me, a speedy skater was Lafleur, Naslund, Cournoyer, Courtnall.
Today's fast skaters are: Kariya, Forsberg, Gagné, Fedorov, Kapanen, Mogilny, Guerin, Gaborik, etc.
Jason Ward's speed is way too slow if you want to compare.
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