With just 14 goals and 17 assists this season, Michael Ryder was virtually invisible on the ice this year.
Ryder was drafted 216th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1998 NHL Draft. He didn't make his NHL debut until the 2003-2004 season.
He would prove to be a valuable asset, booking 63 points in 81 games, a career high for the Newfoundland native.
But that wasn't the case this year. He recorded an all-time career low with 31 points in 70 games. Ryder wasn't able to produce much for him and his teammates and his drought didn't just stop at the regular season.
Once the playoffs came around, I highly anticipated Ryder's comeback from his slump. But Ryder never played, or it seemed that way.
Playing only the first four games and against the Boston Bruins, he clocked in just 10 minutes average of ice time per game. With no goals and no assists and only six shots on goal, Ryder's season came to a quick end.
Now with the Montreal Canadiens out of the playoff run and the whole team can work together to find what they did wrong and fix their mistakes, hopefully Ryder can prove Habs’ fans wrong and play as if it was his rookie year again.
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