POS HT WT AGE DRAFTED
Michael Ryder C 6-0 180 19 D-Mtl98 (8/216)
GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
98-99 Stats 69 44 43 87 +4 65 15 4
98-99 Playoff 23 20 16 36 +6 39 7 4
#1 Strength- Vision and creativity.
#1 Weakness- Size.
With a strong regular season and an impressive playoff performance, Michael Ryder has developed into the biggest surprise of the Canadiens’ 1998 draft choices. Chosen in the 8th round, 216th overall, Ryder has great skating ability with quick acceleration. Although he can beat opposing defensemen on the outside, his greatest asset is his instinctive scoring ability.
Born in St.John’s Newfoundland, Ryder is a 6’0″, 180 Lbs. Center with the Hull Olympiques. Drafted by Hull in the 1997 QMJHL midget draft, Ryder went on to finish 5th among the QMJHL’s rookie scorers in 1997-98.
Ryder was not seen as one of the Habs’ top prospects until his performance in this year’s playoffs. His 98-99 regular season totals were strong but not impressive. He scored 11 more goals than the Habs’ 2nd pick in the 1997 entry draft, Gregor Baumgartner, and equaled the Habs’ 1st pick in the 1998 entry draft, Eric Chouinard, in PPG’s with 15. Ironically, the only negative from the regular season was his a weak plus/minus of +4.
Game 2- Detroit 7, Orlando 1
John Emmons scored 16 seconds into the game to get the Vipers off to a quick
lead. Yves Serault scored two goals, including the game winner. Orlando’s
only talley came off the stick of Barry Dreger in the second period. Detroit
now has a 2-0 lead in the series. Game 3 takes place Wednesday in Orlando.
Game 2- Chicago 5, Houston 4 (OT)
The Wolves came back from a 4-2 deficit in the third period to take the
game to overtime thanks to Niklas Andersson and JP Dumont. The Wolves’
Steve Maltais got the winner 6:02 into the OT period. Pat Jablonski got the
win in net with 24 saves, while Manny Fernandez picked up 31 in the loosing
effort. The series is now tied up 1-1, with the next game on Wednesday
9/2/73 Moorhead, MN.
GP G A Pts PIM
5 3 5 8 6
1998-99: Had a +5 rating…netted his first professional goal on 4/11 @ Fort
Wayne…recorded two assists in his first professional game on 4/8 vs. Grand
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As the big club took the gas pipe yet again this spring in the first round of the NHL playoffs, fans of the Philadelphia Flyers are yearning for at least a little good news about their favorite NHL team. One of the few bright spots that actually does take a little of the sting out of another disappointing May, is the nice depth that has accumulated on the bullion throughout the Flyers system. And NHL quality defensemen are at a premium in today’s watered down NHL.
At the top of this promising list is Wilmington, Delaware native Mark Eaton. Eaton is a slick skating offensive defenseman who played one year of college hockey under former Flyer Dave Poulin at Notre Dame. The Flyers signed Eaton last summer and he has been turning heads ever since. Eaton compiled 36 points in his first pro season with the AHL Phantoms, including 6 power play goals. He is the heir apparent to Eric Desjardins job as the top offensive defenseman in the system.
Some of the brass in the system wanted GM Bobby Clarke to bring up Eaton towards the end of the season. But since the Danuis Zubrus debacle, Clarke seems to be leaning towards the taking the slow road with his blue-chip prospects from here on out. Time spent learning the pro game in the minors is never a bad idea especially when you are talking about a defenseman with the natural offensive skills that Eaton possesses.
Five years from now, the 1997 draft may very well turn out to be the best draft in San Jose Sharks history. With their second overall selection, they chose the highly touted center, Patrick Marleau. They then traded up in the first round with Carolina to pick defenseman Scott Hannan. Not picking again till the fourth round, they then chose the once highly regarded right wing, Adam Colagiacomo, acquiring three players rated to go in the top 30 by The Hockey News’ 1997 Draft Preview. All players chosen out of the Canadian Hockey League must be signed before the 1999 draft, or they may re-enter the draft. Players chosen from Europe or College are still property of the Sharks for three or two more years respectively.
Everyone thought he was done. The show was over, and the curtains were closed. But apparently, that was just the epilogue. In the last month Jose Theodore has stepped out from behind the curtain, into the spotlight, and yet again become a young phenom.
The latest show has been based out of Fredericton, New Brunswick. Theodore, after winning player of the week awards, goaltender of the month, and praise from many of his critics, seems to have nestled back into the idea of being a starting goalie. His numbers in Montreal as a backup weren’t good at all: only 3 wins, 12 losses, a GAA over 3.50, and numerous other less-than-satisfactory statistics. But the truth has come out: Theodore is a future starter.
Just this past week, after losing two straight and going back to Fredericton for game five of the AHL quarter finals, Theodore led his Canadiens, with a 32 save performance, and seized victory in a 3-2 win, and a 3-2 series win, pitting the Canadiens against the Saint John Flames in round two.
Can he keep it up? He said this week that he loves the pressure, and the outlook is that, yes, he can keep it up. Only time will tell, but it is likely that Theodore will be challenging Domenichelli, Sorochan, and Saint John, and maybe even upsetting the early favourites.