I'm too tired to go into depth, but I think it's about time we started looking for a trading partner to dump Ribeiro on (sorry Pedneault) so we can get Higgins up there and into the role he seems to be being groomed for.
I'm sure Ribs and Higs would be a good match, why not in the near future consider playing them together?
I think we'll have to fan favorite in Higgins and Ryder, they are similar types of players but HIggins has more talent and much better skating. The intensity and leadership those two will bring for years to come will help us for playoff success.
Higgins-Koivu-Ryder would be one of the most intense lines in the league, not necessarily the types of players that would get 100 points, but all the other things they bring to the ice would make a fantastic 2nd line. If we can draft a real 1st line center like Tukonen, Schremp, Malkin or Olesz we'll be a very good team for years to come. In fact I wouldn't mind Ribeiro on the third line which would make for a very balanced offense. Does Ottawa have a defensive center on the 3rd line? Unless you consider Smolinsky one, then no.