Posted 15 April 2014 - 01:00 PM
Ryder had 18 goals and 34 points this season. Did you really expect a 30 goal season out of Ryder or Brunner? I get that he was super inconsistent this year, but we all knew that when we got him. I'd say Ryder did his job okay this year.
More than anything else, what I'm saying is we need a top scorer or two, but that's not really to "replace" Ryder or Brunner; it's because we needed a top level scorer on July 1st regardless of what other UFA signings we ended up making, and we never got one. I don't think Lou or DeBoer ever looked at Ryder coming onto our team as the answer to all our Kovy-problems.
Re: Ryder, he was disappointing. Expecting 25 goals or so was not crazy on anyone's part...he scored 35 just two seasons ago, and was on pace for 29 last season. He's also averaged 25 per 82 games for his career. He hasn't always reached that average mark of course, but if someone had told us "Ryder will score 18 goals in 82 GP and will have a one-goal-in-33-games funk", I don't think too many of us would've said, "Guess that's OK."
No one could really rightly "expect" any specific numbers out of Brunner...that was a "hope it works out" signing that pretty much didn't. Sucks, but that happens.
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