Name: Michael Ryder
Acquired: 1998 NHL Draft, 8th round (216th)
A very dangerous wrist shot with an impressive work ethic and character are his main assets. A gritty player that will drive to the net and take the abuse to score. Can play in all situations and either wing. Puts in a solid effort on a consistent basis.
Choppy skating stride, and slow first step are somewhat of a concern. Size, balance, and a lack of strength may be a problem in the NHL at times. Could use some improvement in his own end.
HW Updates, by Dan Linn
October 2003 – (‘98, 8th round 216th) RW. Ryder has often been overlooked or passed by when call-ups to the Canadiens were issued. But Ryder took it all in stride and has continued to work hard night in and night out. His hard work is finally playing off, as he is leading the Canadiens in scoring in the preseason, which is something many would never have guessed when he was the 9th pick of the Habs in 1998 or while he was demoted to the ECHL on two different occasions. He has made it to the final cuts, but if he doesn’t make it right away, it’s safe to say this wont be a setback for him, but another stepping stone.