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JEREMY FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. is contemplating benching or trading Bobby Ryan in his fantasy league. He has three other players with LW eligibility on his roster (James Neal, Taylor Hall and Alex Tanguay), and his league counts goals, assists, plus-minus, PIMs and power-play points.
Ryan's last five games have been a promising twist to a wildly inconsistent season, as the star forward has reeled off five goals, an assist and a plus-2 rating in that span. Ryan is now even with Corey Perry
for the team lead in goals, but before his recent surge, the 24-year-old was locked into a six-game goalless streak. Ryan has proven to be a dynamic scoring threat in this League with three straight 30-plus goal seasons, but the bottom line is that the Ducks have the NHL's second-worst record and Ryan's season has been defined by erratic performance on a night-to-night basis with a dip in power-play production.
Right Wing - ANA
GOALS: 15 | ASST: 8 | PTS: 23
SOG: 94 | +/-: -6
A good sign is that Ryan (15 G, 8 A, minus-6, 25 PIM, 2 PPP), and his linemate Ryan Getzlaf
, responded well after general manager Bob Murray
said he would leave it up to the team's core players to decide their own fate within the organization. Anaheim broke through Friday by scoring three times in the final period to upend the New York Islanders
, 4-2. Your roster has depth at LW so Ryan is expendable, but with the recent news that Neal is out indefinitely with a broken foot, I would hold off on dealing Ryan for the time being. If the Ducks' struggles continue, there are no givens when it comes to Ryan's place in Bruce Boudreau
's system, but that's not to say his value will not remain high. His recent outburst is an indication that Ryan has the determination to get his game back on track for the second half of the season. You obviously can't bench a fantasy game-breaker in Ryan at this time for Tanguay (5 G, 17 A, minus-3, 18 PIM, 9 PPP), who hasn't played since Dec. 20 because of an undisclosed injury, and with Neal's pace for a 40-plus goal season now in jeopardy, Ryan and Hall will be crucial contributors for your team moving forward. Hall has scored goals in four straight games and continues to show promise on Edmonton's top line, and with Ryan finally streaking, you owe it to yourself to ride out both hot stretches.