When Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk brought in a number of new players before the start of this season, he did so with one simple goal-to make the 2011-12 Stars a team that would end the club's three-year playoff drought.
One of those players who was added during the off-season was winger Michael Ryder, a former teammate of Dallas assist man extraordinaire Mike Ribeiro during their days in Montreal. With the Canadiens, Ryder or "Ryds" as he is referred to also skated alongside big defenseman Sheldon Souray, another of the new faces Nieuwendyk brought in over the summer.
The 31-year-old native of Newfoundland came to the Stars after a solid three-year stay in Boston, a run that culminated with him being part of the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup championship team.
And through 35 games, Ryder has amassed 25 points (14-11-25) and has at least a point in Dallas' last six contests.
Looking at his numbers thus far and projecting them out over 82 games, there is a good...