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08-11-2006, 12:45 PM
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O'Byrne's college coach speaks out

Today's Ithaca Journal (the local paper in Ithaca, NY, where Cornell University is) has an article with Cornell Head Coach Mike Schafer talking about Ryan O'Byrne... a couple of interesting highlights--

“He is probably more ready than any other player we have had for a while (to make the transition to pro hockey). He is pretty close to making the jump to the NHL with his size and skating ability.”

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“Every year, he continued to gain confidence in his ability,” said Schafer of O'Byrne. “His role kept getting expanded. He kept getting better as a hockey player.”


http://www.ithacajournal.com/apps/pb...608110352/1006

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Who needs Hollywood Hainsey's when we got players like this with heart and fight to improve their game every year.

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O'Byrne .. its our man !

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O'Byrne wont play in the nhl very long.
ahl player , low upside

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I remember when the Habs drafted him, they referred to him as their real sleeper in the draft. Obviously what they saw then makes the recent announcement of his signing ring true

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My prediction:

Will work his *** off, through the AHL and eventually make it to the big club, just like Ryder.

He will have a great rookie year, runner up for the Calder, always working hard, just like Ryder.

People will praise him for working through the system despite being a later round pick, just like Ryder.

Then he'll have a good year, but not perfect...Will play through a really horrible injury but not miss time because he's a hard worker and had to fight for his ice time his entire career, just like Ryder.

Then some mediocre defenceman will be walked away from in ARBs and people will be screaming to trade him, for no particular reason, so we can make space for said mediocre defenceman, just like Ryder.

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I wonder if we'll have a hard time signing him every summer, just like Ryder.

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O'Byrne wont play in the nhl very long.
ahl player , low upside
Dunno, maybe he'll learn french someday

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Dunno, maybe he'll learn french someday


Can someone fill me in...Is soldat samsonov having fun or does he really think all the things he's been saying lately?

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O'Byrne wont play in the nhl very long.
ahl player , low upside
Tell me how an agile 6'5" 240 pounds monster with lots of heart has a low upside?

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I wonder if we'll have a hard time signing him every summer, just like Ryder.
Only if we continuously low-ball him, just like Ryder.

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Can someone fill me in...Is soldat samsonov having fun or does he really think all the things he's been saying lately?
He's like the '110% GOLDEN CHILD'

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Only if we continuously low-ball him, just like Ryder.
Since it's friday and I'm in a good mood, I motion to have every sentence on the boards end the same way, just like Ryder.

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Tell me how an agile 6'5" 240 pounds monster with lots of heart has a low upside?
Imagine if he played with Komi. Joe Thorton better keep his head down.

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My prediction:

Will work his *** off, through the AHL and eventually make it to the big club, just like Ryder.

He will have a great rookie year, runner up for the Calder, always working hard, just like Ryder.

People will praise him for working through the system despite being a later round pick, just like Ryder.

Then he'll have a good year, but not perfect...Will play through a really horrible injury but not miss time because he's a hard worker and had to fight for his ice time his entire career, just like Ryder.

Then some mediocre defenceman will be walked away from in ARBs and people will be screaming to trade him, for no particular reason, so we can make space for said mediocre defenceman, just like Ryder.
Aaaargh... you're just bitter...

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I saw him play a few games for Cornell, and his only real downside seemed to be mental mistakes/discipline-related (e.g. bad penalties, untimely turnovers, etc.) But that's the kind of thing you can learn your way out of (never mind brisebois), and he seemed to be doing it.

Yeah, our forwards might be speed/skill guys who aren't very big, but we're building up some real towers on defense with Souray, Komo, O'Byrne eventually...


edit: ...Just like Ryder.

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My prediction:

Will work his *** off, through the AHL and eventually make it to the big club, just like Ryder.

He will have a great rookie year, runner up for the Calder, always working hard, just like Ryder.

People will praise him for working through the system despite being a later round pick, just like Ryder.

Then he'll have a good year, but not perfect...Will play through a really horrible injury but not miss time because he's a hard worker and had to fight for his ice time his entire career, just like Ryder.

Then some mediocre defenceman will be walked away from in ARBs and people will be screaming to trade him, for no particular reason, so we can make space for said mediocre defenceman, just like Ryder.

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Only if we continuously low-ball him, just like Ryder.
Are you Ryder's agent?

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I saw him play a few games for Cornell, and his only real downside seemed to be mental mistakes/discipline-related (e.g. bad penalties, untimely turnovers, etc.) But that's the kind of thing you can learn your way out of (never mind brisebois), and he seemed to be doing it.

Yeah, our forwards might be speed/skill guys who aren't very big, but we're building up some real towers on defense with Souray, Komo, O'Byrne eventually...


edit: ...Just like Ryder.
Thank you sir! May I say you have the best avatar on these boards, and hopefully the t-shirt design reflects it.

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Imagine if he played with Komi. Joe Thorton better keep his head down.
Yeah, that is my dream duo. As I said in the past, those two would be

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Since you seem to have such a nose for talent why aren't scouting for the Habs?
it's called an opinion, guy.

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Imagine if he played with Komi. Joe Thorton better keep his head down.
you mean up!.
I hope you dont teach kids to keep their heads down.

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Is his name really pronounced "O-Burn"?

If I remember correctly, when I watched Cornell's game, the commentator pronounced it "O-Bye-Rn" or "O-Barn", but yesterday when they announced the news on RDS they pronounced it "O-Burn".

I'm confused...

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Yeah, that is my dream duo. As I said in the past, those two would be
Ok, you've said that before. Every time I see that I wonder, what the heck is the pink elephant in there for?

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I'd go with O'Burn..

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Commentator: Tucker comes down the right wing

Commentator: Tucker dangles toward the net!

Ryan O'Byrne throws Tucker over the boards with a tunderous open-ice hit

Me: BURN! WICKED BURN!
Hmmm... yeah, I'd see O'Burn...

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Ok, you've said that before. Every time I see that I wonder, what the heck is the pink elephant in there for?
Oh, that is for the dance that the drunks guys at the Bell Center will do when they will be on the ice.

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