A prime example of a player who was carefully groomed through the Habs’ system, Ryan O’Byrne turned some heads in his NHL debut in 2007-08. Here’s a look back at the season that was for the king-sized defenseman.
-Assists scooped up by O’Byrne in his first NHL game, a 4-2 win over the Bruins at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston on Dec. 6. 18
-Consecutive games played by O’Byrne in which he posted an even or positive plus-minus rating, marking the longest such streak by a Habs player in 2007-08. 5
-Minimum number of hits thrown by the Canadiens rookie in five of the final six games of the regular season while Mike Komisarek was sidelined due to injury. 1.97
-Average hits per game delivered by O’Byrne, the fourth-highest average on the team.
-Games missed by O’Byrne due to a thumb injury suffered during a fight against Tanner Glass of the Panthers on Dec. 28 in Florida. 1
-Invitations to the 2008 AHL All-Star Game received by O’Byrne, who was not able to attend the game on Jan. 28 in Binghamton because he was still with the Canadiens after being called up on Dec. 6.Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com