He just went into a god awful unlucky stretch the 2nd half of the season. He scored 17 goals in his first 46 games, and then scored only 1 in the remaining 36. His effort certainly wasn't the problem in those 36 games. He was still getting a lot of shots on goal during those games. They just weren't going in for him.
I thought of this a while back. But I was thinking of adding Cheechoo as well.
Ryder got shots but a lot of them were from the outside and while he was coasting. The guy looked like he was skating in concrete most of the season. It must have been contagious because Bernier looked just like him out there too. Ryder said his skates were behind his skating issues. Let's hope he spent the offseason figuring it out because if he figures it out, he is dangerous. Looking forward to seeing Tootoo play in the preseason...let the bodies hit the floor. He is fast and can crush guys on the forecheck. Seems to me that they are pondering going with a meat grinding bottom six, especially the 4th line if they add Fedotenko. Tootoo Carter Fedotenko would be some ugly hockey to watch, but it would have to be better than what it replaces, right?