The 2016-17 season was one Bobby Ryan will want to forget. The veteran winger dealt with a number of injuries throughout the year and was ultimately only able to produce 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 62 games, snapping a two-season streak of 50-plus. The 2005 first-round pick had only missed a total of five games in those two prior campaigns, so injury risk shouldn't be a major concern for fantasy owners evaluating him ahead of this year's drafts. However, his inability to consistently produce offense when healthy last season is undoubtedly disconcerting. That said, there was one period that saw him score steadily: the playoffs, when he exploded for 15 points in 19 contests. That outburst was a reminder of what he's capable of achieving at his best, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Ryan bounce back to around 50 points. However, there's definitely some risk involved with drafting the 30-year-old winger this season, so we'd suggest owners wait until the later rounds of drafts to snag him as a depth option with healthy upside.
Ryan was not protected by the Senators ahead of the expansion draft, theScore reports. According to Sportsnet, there had been some confusion as to whether Ryan has a no-move clause in his contract that would prevent him from pivoting from the Senators after four seasons. However, apparently the fine print shows that the winger -- who has five years left on his contract valued at a whopping $7.25 million annually -- can indeed head to another club so long as he's kept away from the minors and has a modified no-trade clause present. Ryan finished with just 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) and a minus-3 rating over 62 games of an injury-riddled 2016-17 campaign. For what it's worth, though, he did secure 110 points between the prior two seasons.
Ryan scored on the power play in Tuesday's 2-1 Game 6 win over the Penguins. Things looked like they were getting away from Ottawa when Evgeni Malkin opened the scoring early in the second, but Ryan did well to provide the answer less than 10 minutes later. Three of Ryan's six goals this postseason have come on the power play, surpassing the two extra-man tallies he managed in 62 regular-season games. His six points through six games this series suggest the veteran winger should be a major factor in Game 7.
Ryan collected two assists during Wednesday's Game 3 win over Pittsburgh. This was the second multi-point game of the series and fourth of the playoffs for Ryan, as he's following up the worst regular season of his career with an impressive postseason run. The 30-year-old winger is up to five goals and 13 points through 15 games, and his three game-winning tallies lead the playoffs. Ryan's strong postseason could translate into a bounce-back 2017-18 campaign, too.
Ryan scored the overtime winner Saturday in Game 1 against the Penguins. Ryan showcased his speed as he blew by Olli Maata and beat Marc-Andre Fleury with a quick forehand-backhand move. This was the fifth goal of the playoffs for Ryan, who has netted three game-winners. The former Duck also set up linemate Jean-Gabriel Pageau for the opening goal on the night. With 11 points in 13 games, Ryan is having a fantastic postseason and will need to keep up this production if Ottawa hopes to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
Ryan collected 12 PIM in Thursday's Game 4 loss to the Rangers. He tried to pick a fight with Dan Girardi in the third period and was consequently ejected. Out of frustration, Ryan appeared to taunt the Rangers fans on his way off the ice. After notching four goals in the first round against the Bruins, Ryan has been held at bay by Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers in Round 2. With New York holding all the momentum in the series, Ryan and the top line need to find their stride if they hope to have any chance of emerging victorious.
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