In 79 games played last season, Michael Ryder posted 18 goals and 23 assists, while those statistics aren’t the greatest, per say, the Bruins could benefit from having him back. This season alone since Ryder has been with Dallas he has managed to put up 23 goals and 19 assists in 59 games played. In goals alone Ryder surpasses every Bruins player currently on the roster.
With Horton and Peverley out of the line-up, the bruins are in dire need of some offensive power. While the trade deadline still has about a week left, the market is thin and not looking very promising. Last season Ryder was one of the better blue-line shooters, comparable to Johnny “Rocket” Boychuk. Towards the end of the season he was netting some killer game-winning goals, much similar to those of Nathan Horton in the Stanley Cup Final.
A game-clencher like Ryder could be just what the doctor ordered for the Bruins to get back in the saddle and take the East by force in their race for the Cup.
On the other hand we also have forward Blake Wheeler that the Bruins traded for forward Rich Peverley. Whlie Peverley has proven to be an asset to the team with his ability to create plays and speed, Wheeler has been on fire as of late. In Saturday’s match-up against the Bruins Wheeler alone posted 2 goals and 2 assists for 4 points, putting him at 11 goals and 35 assists for the season.
With either one of these players back in the line up for the Bruins, they gain the depth in the offense that they have been lacking as of late. Though it is a far cry, a very far cry, a girl can dream. Right?