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07-17-2006, 12:07 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Toronto / North York
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I think this whole "new NHL" thing is vastly overrated. It seems to be the biggest excuse for every player that had a bad year (funny because Ryder hardly had a bad year).
I would say if anything affected his game, it was the sophomore slump which is something that has plagued rookies coming off great seasons for a long time.
I will take the kid who has proven he's a consistent scorer over 2 years, over the kid who had a good half season, scoring wise. Not to say I don't think Higgins can do it again, but I think it's a bit premature to say Higgins will be a better scorer, especially when you look at their projections.
Projection? Ryder was a 8th rounder. He was projected a ECHL player. Needless to say hes way over his projection already. This guy got a ceiling and hes very close to it at his age. Hes not so young anymore. Entering his prime. While Higgins on the other end was drafted as a center, in the first round, played center for a long time and then bang! LW with a good center=lots of goals. Hes still young too.
Ryder could loose his job even while scoring goals because a same scoring attributes but faster/better 2-way player could supplant him on the other aspects of the game.
Truth is, I would rate Ryder in the top 3 more likely habs forward to be injured for a long time. Seems like his hernia is better, but will it last? If he get reinjured they will probably go to surgery since I dont think he will play with that another year. Its also a syndromatic injury that can come back at any time. If you ask me, im more worried about Ryder Hernia than Koivu's eye.
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