One rumor that has always been in the head of Philadelphia Flyers fans is that of local boy Bobby Ryan.
The Cherry Hill, New Jersey native has spent his entire National Hockey League career in Anaheim. Drafted second overall in 2005, Ryan has lived up to expectations.
Scoring 30-or-more goals in four of his six seasons with the Ducks proves that he is indeed an elite forward. Spanning his career, Ryan has played in 378 contests. Scoring 147 goals and 142 assists for a total of 289 points; he also carries a rating of plus-40 and has also pumped home 36 power-play goals.
The 26-year-old right winger played 46 games this past season, scoring 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 total points. He followed that up with a short, but productive postseason. Playing in all seven games of the Detroit/Anaheim series, he scored two goals with two assists.
To be honest, Ryan reminds me a lot of Rick Nash, only a little younger. Nash has played 10 seasons in the NHL and has amassed 310 goals and 279 assists for 589 points in 718 games played. Ryan has played roughly half of that and his numbers are half of what Nash’s are. Except Ryan has a far better plus/minus rating (Nash currently sits at minus-55).
Both players are large power forwards. Nash is 6-foot-4 and 213 pounds, while Ryan is very close to the same at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds. Basically what I’m getting at here is that Ryan has the potential to become a consistent 30 goal a season player for many more seasons to come.
The Flyers have been eying Ryan for some time, but were never able to close a deal with the Ducks in order to get him. In the last few hours trade talk has heated up between the two clubs. Tim Panaccio of CSN tweeted this:
2 NHL sources tell CSN Flyers & ANA talking of Bobby Ryan. Among scenarios being discussed: Coburn, 11th pick for Ryan… more later
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) June 18, 2013
From what I’m hearing and seeing, nothing would be done until the day of the NHL draft two Sundays from now. According to the tweet, they are asking for defenseman Braydon Coburn and the Flyers’ first round (11th overall) pick in the 2013 entry draft.
Coburn had a rather uncharacteristic season this year. Playing 33 games, he posted one goal and four assists for a total of five points. Being paired with Bruno Gervais, I firmly believe, hurt his normally positive plus/minus rating. He finished the season at a minus-10 rating.
The Flyers struggled to score at times this season: losing 11 games because they only scored one or less goals and losing 10 games because they scored two or fewer goals. That can be alright if you play defensively, however the Flyers allowed 2.90 goals against per game average. If my math is correct that equates to the Flyers losing a lot of games and not making the playoffs…
I believe that losing Danny Briere will hurt the Flyers (provided he is bought out) and they will need to replace him with someone who can score, Bobby Ryan could be just the man for the job. Losing Coburn would hurt, however it may be worth the risk.
As always we will keep you posted on any news pertaining to the Flyers acquiring Ryan, but until then, I guess we will have to wait until draft day.
Here are some Bobby Ryan highlights (including when he scored with someone else’s stick):