Boston Bruins report cards: No. 73 Michael Ryder
by Anthony Travalgia http://www.thehubofhockey.net
Throughout the offseason, TheHubofHockey will be posting daily report cards on each individual of the 2010-11 NHL Stanley Cup Champions, Boston Bruins.
In order of jersey number, each player will be highlighted. In today’s edition, we have Bruins Forward No. 73 Michael Ryder
Name: Michael Ryder
Weight: 186 lbs.
Contract: $3.50 Million through 2012-13 (Dallas)
2010-11 NHL Season stats:
Regular season: 79 GP, 18-23–41, minus-1, 26 PIM, 165 SOG
Playoffs: 25 GP, 8-9–17, plus-8, 8 PIM, 44 SOG
Line combinations (dobberhockey.com):
EV: David Krejci, Blake Wheeler 11.78 % Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley 38.59 % in post season
PP: Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Mark Recchi 20.58 % Peverley, Recchi 24.31 % in post season
PK: Bergeron, Krejci, Recchi 11.39 % Peverley, Recchi 40.74 % in post season
Anthony’s Take: Michael Ryder’s inconsistent run in Boston has ended, but ended with his best post season performance as a Bruin. After a 53-point, 27-goal season during his first year in Boston, Ryder followed that with a 33, and 41 point performance in the past two seasons.
Ryder struggled again this year during the regular season as he managed just 18 goals for the second straight year. Ryder missed three games as a healthy scratch. It’s amazing how some nights Ryder could look like a top forward in the league, and then look like a fourth-line-grinder on others.
Ryder had a solid playoff run this season finishing with 17 points (8 goals). No one will ever forget how Ryder saved the Bruins in the opening round against Montreal. Ryder came up with a game changing glove save, a second period game-tying-goal, and then game-winning-goal in overtime of Game 4 to tie the series up at two. His grade would of been a lot worse if it wasn’t for his play in the post season.
Rosie’s grade: When talking about Michael Ryder’s tenure in Boston, one will often think about the tale of two seasons — the regular season and playoffs.
The regular season version of Ryder was one who often underachieved. That was no different in 2010-11 when he compiled just 41 points in 79 games. For the first time in his three years in Boston, Ryder was a healthy scratch when Claude Julien made him watch a game in the press box against Columbus back in March.
On the other hand, there playoff version of Michael Ryder was pretty impressive tallying 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 25 games.
During a time where many fans in The Hub wanted him bench against Montreal, Ryder came up huge against his former team with his game-winner in Game 4 — turning the Bruins’ season around completely in the process — and had one of the top saves (outside of Tim Thomas) in the playoffs with his glove save in Game 5. Starting against Tampa, Ryder was paired with Tyler Seguin and Chris Kelly, adding another element to the line in the process.
Ryder will be donning the sweater of the Dallas Stars this upcoming season. But some of his contributions — especially come playoff time — should not be forgotten even if he was frustrating to watch at times.
Final grade: B-
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