"Spotlight On" Michael Ryder (Oct.14)
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10-15-2003, 01:04 PM
Join Date: May 2002
Sorry I took so long...
Ryder definately seems to belong in the big leagues. He's not an incredibly fast skater but has great acceleration and gets to the puck very quickly. He has a knack for finding open areas in the offensive zone and is a good stickhandler when the need arises. Seems to have a ton of hustle... but then again most players getting their first shot at the NHL do... but it seems to be rubbing off on others. And though he's not the most physical player, he isn't afraid to mix it up along the boards.
Needs to improve: Patience with the puck... or even quicker decision making. He doesn't seem to hold on to the puck very long when the traffic gets a little heavy... tries to get rid of it quickly and ends up turning it over. This should improve with as he learns to think quicker and get used to the speed of the NHL game.
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