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Why Bobby Ryan Is Better Than We Think He Is

Bobby Ryan is often thought of as the "slow" triplet.  He doesn't have Corey Perry's goals, he doesn't have Ryan Getzlaf's assists, and he hovers at only .87 points per game.  When you take a closer look at Bobby Ryan's stats, though, it becomes just so much more impressive so to what he's done.

Our good friend B-Ry, though, doesn't get the power play time that his older brothers do.  He's on the second Power Play unit and gets a full minute less time per game than Perry, Getzlaf, and Selanne.  Perhaps that's also a knock on his power play skills - a mere 8 of his points come on the power play when he's 4th on the team in power play minutes.  That might also be a knock on the fact that the most likely person on the other wing is Jason Blake, but I digress.  56 of B-Ryan's 65 points have come Even Strength.  One has come short-handed.  He is tied with Perry in even strength points on the team, and Perry is on the tear that he is.

This likely also influences his +/- numbers - since most of his points are on even strength, he's third on the team with +12, behind the team that's, against all odds, become one of the best defensive pairings in the league.  That's a discussion for another day, though.  (Along with the discussion of how in the hell Andy Sutton has only 4 points, but 2 of them have come shorthanded.)

Bobby is doing Yeoman's work even strength, and it's great that he's doing so.  If he can start producing more on the second power play unit, we might just have two guys competing for the Rocket Richard trophy next season.

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