2005-06: A 5’11, 180-pound center from Newfoundland, followed up a strong rookie campaign with Peterborough by scoring 29 goals and 82 points this season. The Petes experienced a 31-point improvement between the two years, and the fact Ryder was tied for tenth in league scoring with linemate Liam Reddox (EDM) was a big reason why. A deceptive skater, Ryder was always impressive defensively and was a fixture on the penalty kill. Ryder had a solid playoff until the Ottawa 67s swept the Petes in the conference finals. His line was invisible the entire series, although Ryder remained valuable on the penalty kill. 2006-07: In Daniel Ryder’s final OHL season, he would be dealt at the trade deadline from Peterborough to the Plymouth Whalers. In 57 total games with the two clubs, Ryder would put up 92 points (40G, 52A). Ryder’s 17 points in 20 games helped guide Plymouth to an OHL Championship and a second consecutive Memorial Cup appearance for Ryder. 2007-08: After signing a three-year entry level contract with the Calgary Flames, he unexpectedly left the game of hockey after six games with the Quad City Flames. In his six games with the Flames AHL farm club, Ryder had a goal and four assists. Ryder is currently under suspension by Calgary without pay.
Daniel, like his older brother Michael, is a goal scorer, pure and simple. He has a knack for finding open ice as well as finding the open man. He fights for loose pucks, battles hard in the corners and does a lot of the other intangibles that are crucial come playoff time.