Michael Ryder, Power Forward?
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01-14-2004, 07:33 AM
Join Date: Jun 2002
No, not even close.
There is always debate surrounding the definition of a powerforward. In my view a powerforward is a player who does the following (to simplify it):
-Threat to score 30-40 goals every year
-Can and will drop the gloves
-Plays a mean, vicious game
The only players that come close to fulfilling that criteria are Tkachuk, Bertuzzi, Thornton, Guerin, Iginla, possibly Shanahan and Nolan as well.
Ryder looks bigger than his size would indicate. He's not easy to handle and does control the puck well in traffic, and is strong along the boards. But he doesn't have a mean streak, and this is a key component to being a power forward. Nor does he drop the gloves, and he's far from a proven goal scorer.
At this point, he is what Montreal's needed: a thick bodied forward who goes to the net, wins battles along the boards, and is difficult for the opposition's defense to handle down low. But the Habs still need a top six forward that plays a mean game. This doesn't necessarily mean they need a power forward; someone like Mellanby or Roberts can fulfill the role as well.
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