Bobby Ryan was traded from the Anaheim Ducks to the Ottawa Senators on the first day of free agency for Jakob Silfverberg, Stefen Noesen, and Ottawa’s first round pick next season. Ottawa, who had just lost their long time captain Daniel Alfredsson to the Detroit Red Wings, made the move hoping to get back what they lost with Alfie.
Bobby Ryan is a three time goal scorer, overshadowed in Anaheim by Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Ryan often seemed like an awkward third wheel on a date with his friend and his girlfriend playing with the two of them. Ryan will get a new number, and a new start in Ottawa with two seasons left on his contract to prove he can play for some big time money. Ryan’s cap hit is $5.1 million for the next two seasons (Not that that isn’t big money).
Ryan is only 26 years old, and has the potential to be a superstar in the NHL. A change of scenery may be all that he needs to reach his ceiling. Ottawa could be a perfect place for him to do that, as long as Ottawa fans realize that the move for Bobby Ryan wasn’t to replace Daniel Alfredsson. It wouldn’t be fair to put that pressure on Ryan.
Ryan had 4 straight 30 goal seasons coming into this shortened season. He’s played in 378 career games in Anaheim, scoring 147 goals and added 142 assists for a total of 289 points. Ryan’s ice time peaked during his best season in the NHL in 2010-2011, when he put up 71 points in 82 games, and skated for 20 minutes a game. Ryan’s ice time hasn’t been as high since, and his numbers have dropped as well. It’s a fair bet that Ryan will be given more ice time in Ottawa, where I presume he’s going to be the go to guy with Jason Spezza.
How will Bobby Ryan do this season in Ottawa? Can Senators fans look for another 30 goal season? Maybe a 40 goal season? Or will the move to Ottawa hurt Ryan and send his numbers down even further?