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  • Conrad Windsor
    February 18, 2014 - 19:39

    He really does have one of the best shots in NHL. Found that out when he was a Bruin. Good goalie too, nice glove hand.

  • Armchair Cherry
    February 18, 2014 - 14:06

    Great article! Hope the boy stays long enough for #300! However some perspectives the article may have missed. (1) IMHO Players who appear to go on streaks/slumps have a dilemma. After about six hot games, they become a target. If they keep scoring they risk injury. If they are assigned an "enforcer", they may fatigue and not score. Making hay while the sun shines seems to be the strategy for sub-Olympic superstars? The Coaches need to have the lines feed these guys while they are hot, maybe even let them float a bit, then rest them up while they lay low in an apparent slump? – lol? (2) Ryder reminds me of Johnny Bucyk. Good enough skater, but focused more on positioning himself for a shot. And what a shot! #15 all time at +19%![http://www.hockey-reference.com/leaders/shot_pct_career.html] He would stay after practice with buckets of pucks, practicing forehand, backhand, wrist shot mostly. Phil Esposito is #242@ 14%, Bobby Orr was < 10%!?? Ironically, though they both owed much of their success to Orr! (3) His shot….. southpaws seem to have a quicker release?? Sometimes Ryder seems to put a spin on the puck which gives it a frisbee effect??? Cause to float upredictably, the way a golf ball deviates from a normal trajectory. (4) All the stars say they love hockey, but they all lie. Golfers that love golf really love golf and all hockey players play the game, often too early in the season. Hot shooters must be something to watch at the driving ranges!!

  • wavy
    February 18, 2014 - 13:12

    Great read, Robin. I've always admired players who do their talking with quiet confidence, with their on-ice skills and performance. I've followed Ryder's career, the ups and downs, the fantastic rookie year to the brutal Guy Carbonneau/ Rejean Houle days in "la belle province" and have always admired Michael for his class, grind, persistence and determination, especially in the face of adversity. For these reasons, and mostly for his resilience during all the humbling ups and downs, he remains my favourite NL NHL player.