I like what the statistics say about Bobby Ryan, who doesn’t? A big, strong, skilled winger who’s been a consistent 30 goal scorer and is only 26 years old... fantastic. I have no doubt that he’ll get his game going and do exactly what he was brought in to do – score goals. I've seen a few amazing highlight reel goals from him but I don’t really know his game.
Can someone enlighten me and tell me what his game is like? Who plays a similar game in the Eastern conference? In a perfect world is Ryan a power forward? A sniper that needs the puck fed to him? A player that has the skills to get it and do it all himself? What type of players were Perry and Getzlaf? Who on the Senators could possibly recreate their dynamic?
Chemistry is a tricky thing and it’s possible that the first line combo may take awhile to gel or they may need to shuffle things up.
If Ryan and Spezza don’t find the right chemistry where do you think Ryan ends up? Would Ryan’s skills work with the second line where we already have great chemistry? Don’t fix what isn’t broken. If Ryan stays on the first line with Spezza – who do you think slots into the next first line combo? Would Zibanejad and Ryan complement Spezza? Would the world stop turning if Zibanejad anchored a third line with Ryan on one wing and Condra/Smith on the other?