NHLPA.com - Player of the day - Michael Ryder
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07-24-2006, 01:25 PM
waffledave, from hf
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St. John’s, Newfoundland’s own Michael Ryder showed no signs of a sophomore slump last season, one year removed from second place finish in Rookie-of-the-Year balloting. One of the Canadiens most consistent point-producers in his first two seasons, Mike has helped the Habs reach the postseason in both those campaigns. A former Olympique with Hull of the Quebec major junior league, Mike has surpassed the expectations that saw him drafted in the eighth round in 1998. Before hitting Montreal, he scored over 100 points in his final year of junior and became a standout face-off man and power-play specialist with Quebec and Hamilton of the AHL. In 2003-04 he carried the confidence of a 10-year-vet into his NHL rookie season and posted 63 points, 12 more than any other 03-04 freshman. He bettered his goal total in 2005-06, leading the club with 30, including 18 on the powerplay.
Mike re-signed with the Canadiens over the weekend for the 2006-07 season. His knack for scoring the clutch goals is vital for the Habs if they’re to take it to the next level in the playoffs.
And yet some people want him traded for some reason.
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