Lines according to 2003/2004 TSN NHL Preview
View Single Post
10-08-2003, 06:04 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: New Brunswick
Originally Posted by
I absolutely don't agree with Ryder playing on the 4th line!!...He was our most productive player in preseason and damn well deserves one of the top two line positions. Yeah, I know it was only preseason but with the exception of Koivu and maybe a couple of others, nobody was gauranteed a spot on this team. In other words most players had to earn a spot on this team and Ryder, being the top player in preseason definitely earned and rightfully deserves one of the top 6 forward positions. Otherwise, what kind of message is management sending to our young players?...Work your butt off and maybe, just maybe, you'll end up on the 4th line!!... What kind of incentive is that? Is Bob Gainey really committed to working from within the organization to develop the team?? I thought so and still think so until I actually see the lineups tomorrow night...So, I'm not really critcising anybody at this stage, as for now I'll take a wait and see attitude.
Meanwhile, my message to Montreal management is to
, you won't be disappointed!!!!
I wouldn't be too concerned over Ryder starting out on the 4th line. I have as high a hopes for Ryder as anyone, and probably higher than most. I really admire this guy. This is only his first game in the "big time" though. Putting him on the 4th line gives the kid an opportunity to adjust without the pressures associated with being on a top line. It lets him adjust while Audette takes the heat and has the expectations to live up to. I suspect that if he keeps playing the way he has been (and I think he will) you'll see Ryder on one of the top lines soon enough. Relax, it's early days yet.
View Public Profile
Find More Posts by FisherKing