I think nobody here expected Ryder to make a such impact at his first NHL season, me first... Ryder has became a valuable top 6 foward that bring goals and a physical edge, this is a wonderful blossoming that I personally did'nt expect.
I'm not concerned about this award, Ryder has been the best rookie skater to me, he brings so much to the table, this is a charactere guy and this is a kid we have to build around... This is all about Im concerned.
What is wonderful is that Ryder is even not our most skilled kid.. It say long about our bright future.
First of all...congrats to Raycroft but i still think its Bull#$#$....the guy did have 23 or so games of previous experience in 3 previous seasons...
Rookie of the year? That doesnt sound like thats what the award is for...i personally think the rules need to be changed...i know it will get rid of some good players but it shouldnt be anymore than 10 previous games of nhl experience and only going as far back as one single season. Personaly i wouldnt be against no NHL experience whatsoever.
No matter what anyone says its an unfair advantage for a player to have played in 23 games over 3 previous seasons over other rookies...to me Ryder *IS* the rookie of the year in the perfect sense of the word...
anyways this is something i touched upon before the playoffs as well...i didnt agree with it then and i still dont today
It annoys me, but Raycroft was a key factor Boston made the playoffs. Yes, Ryder was a big part of Montreal's a success, but the goalie has to be the best on your team to make the playoffs. Raycroft's got that going for him.
I knew Raycroft would win but I was surprised the voting wasn't even close. Ryder deserved way more than he got but like someone said before, hopefully this will motivate him in the future. As far as I'm concerned, he's rookie of the year!