Ryder has gone scoreless in his past two games, but prior to that was one of the Canadiens' top offensive contributors since arriving via trade from the Dallas Stars on Feb. 27. Prior to the two most recent games, both losses in which the Canadiens were outscored 12-4 total, Ryder enjoyed a run in which he collected 19 points in 18 games.
We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.
— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp