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12-13-2006, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Jaydee96 View Post
bash ryder all you want, i know he hasnt been great all season but he has 6 points in the last 5 games.
I disagree. What I have seen in Ryder this year that sets him apart from how he's played in the past (as well as from other streaky players like Zednik) is that now, even if he is not scoring, he is playing well. He is physical, has improved defensively and gets a bunch of opportunities. Lately, he has been getting rewarded more which is why he is on the scoresheet, but I haven't been disapointed by his play as a whole this season even when he hasn't been scoring.

To be honest, I don't really get why many posters on the board seem to think he is the 'odd man out' in many of our forward scenarios, especially when the reasoning is that Latendresse/Kostitsyn/Insert Prospect Here has proven they belong more than him. Ryder has scored 60 goals in the past 2 and 1/3 seasons..... THAT to me is proof that he belongs in our top 6 more than any rookie at this point.

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