|Birth Place:||Bonavista, Canada|
|Acquired:||NHL Entry Draft|
|Draft Team & Year:||Montréal Canadiens in 1998|
|Strengths:||Has a strong wrist shot with a quick release, strong on the puck
along the boards.
|Weaknesses:||Not the fleetest of foot, also gives up the puck too often looking for
the quick shot.
|Projected Role:||2nd line right wing|
|Throughout his career, Ryder has been the forgotten one. He wasn’t drafted in junior, and
despite playing well there, dropped to the 8th round in 1998, a year in which he was
projected to go in the 2nd round. From there, he was shuffled throughout various minor
league teams, failing to make a mark until 2002-03 in Hamilton. Because of his waiver
status, the Canadiens had no choice but to keep him this past year, and they’re happy he
did, as he notched 25 goals and 63 points in his rookie season, finishing 2nd in Calder