Saturday, October 06, 2007

Ryan sent to Portland

Bobby Ryan's probably just a little cursed in that he was taken second overall in the 2005 draft, right behind Sidney Crosby and right before Jack Johnson.

History will, quite probably, show that that's not a spot where he belongs, despite having more than enough talent to make an impact in the NHL. That's heady competition for anyone, even discounting the fact Carey Price, Anze Kopitar and Paul Stastny came from that same draft class.

Ryan scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game last week in England, but has played sparingly in Anaheim's first four games, and the Ducks are in trouble already after an ugly 4-0 loss in Columbus last night.

Anaheim demoted Ryan to Portland of the AHL this afternoon, and I expect that's where he'll spend much of his first pro season. He's only 20, so this is far from the end of the world, and a smart move on the Ducks' part.

He's got some catching up to do.

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At 6:16 p.m., October 06, 2007, Anonymous Frank said...

Ryan's $1,922k annual "cap hit" ($850k base salary, $1,072k bonus) probably had a lot to do with the demotion as well.

At that price you have to produce.

All the more reason to believe that Burke is trying to save more cap space for an even earlier return of BOTH Niedermayer and Selanne.

At 11:03 p.m., October 06, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

If the Ducks continue to do badly all season, it will be a clear sign that God has returned to Edmonton after deserting us in Game 7 of the Stanely Cup finals.

At 11:04 a.m., October 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So far this season:

K-Lowe vs. Sewer 2-0

At 9:15 a.m., October 08, 2007, Blogger Shawn said...

Honestly IMO Ryan didn't make enough progress in his time in the OHL. Watching him at Attack games when I was in Owen Sound I expected a lot more dominance and fire. From every indication he's a nice guy and a good player, but his work ethic came into question. That and his consistency. Not good signals for a big pro career.


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