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Michael Ryder  #17

New Jersey Devils  Right Wing
NUMBER: 17 BIRTHDATE: March 31, 1980  (AGE 34)
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Bonavista, NL, Canada
WEIGHT: 200 DRAFTED: MTL / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 8th   (216th overall)
Is tied for 3rd on NJD with 18g (P. Elias); is sixth with 34pts...Scored 1g last night at Ott...Had points in season-high four straight games Jan. 4-11 (4g); scored GWG Jan. 9 vs. Dal. &  3rd SHG of career Jan. 7 vs. Phi...Had points in back-to-back games eight times, most recently Mar. 18-20 (1g-1a-2pts)...Recorded 2nd multi-pt. game with 1g-1a-2pts Dec. 31 vs. Pit. (GWG); also had 1g-1a-2pts Dec. 4 vs Mtl...Appeared in 700th NHL game Nov. 23 at SJ...Scored first goal with NJ Oct. 4 vs. NYI...Made his Devils’ debut Oct. 3 at Pit…2012-13: Saw action with both Dal. (19 games) & Mtl. (27); traded (Feb. 26 for E. Cole) for first time in NHL career…Totaled 16g-19a-35pts overall…Recorded 9 multiple-point games, including 4 season-high 3pt efforts…Posted season-high 6-game point-scoring streak Feb. 13-25 (2g-7a-9pts)…Scored his 200th career NHL goal Jan. 26 vs. StL.; reached 200a mark Feb. 6 at Edm.; &  notched his 400th point with goal Feb. 1 vs. Phx.
NHL All-Rookie Team (2004) Signed as a free agent by Leksands (Sweden-2), September 19, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 1, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 1, 2011. Traded to Montreal by Dallas for Erik Cole and Dallas' 3rd round choice (Connor Crisp) in 2013 Entry Draft, February 26, 2013. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 5, 2013.
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I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie