The Detroit Red Wings 2020-21 season has not been the best, and early on, Bobby Ryan looked like he was going to pot 30 goals off the get-go. After a bit of a hot start, Ryan slowed back down and went cold.
However, as the 2020-21 season continues on, Ryan has been able to get his name on the scoresheet once again. He now leads the Detroit Red Wings in points as well. The Red Wings should be hoping for Ryan to cross the ten-goal threshold at a minimum and possibly break the 15-goal mark.
This offseason, when predicting the Red Wings offense, it seemed like Ryan could get above that threshold. Ryan has been one of the players who is producing some offense on a team that struggles to get things going on a nightly basis.
If Ryan can continue being a source of offense, he could quite possibly be traded. With the trade deadline steadily approaching, the Red Wings front office has to make some decisions, and with Ryan figuring out his offense, they will have to figure out what to do.
Detroit Red Wings forward Bobby Ryan has figured things out a bit offensively.
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In 2020-21, Ryan has logged 24 games where he has scored six goals and seven assists for 13 total points on the year. Ryan leads the Red Wings in points and is tied for the most goals on the team as well.
Most would likely expect Anthony Mantha to be in the lead for goals or captain Dylan Larkin.
That is not the case, the lack of production has been a team-wide issue, but Ryan is still finding a way to get his name on the scoresheet.
Ryan has added a goal and three assists in his last five games for the Red Wings.
The veteran forward has been an incredibly worthwhile signing for the Red Wings. He was brought in on a one-year contract worth only $1 million.
The biggest reasoning that Ryan has said brought him here to Hockeytown was General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman and his influence. Ryan mentioned Yzerman being the influence during a postgame interview, and this could be something that is thought about when the trade deadline discussions come about.
While, personally, I hope that Ryan is traded for whatever the Red Wings can get. Flipping him to a team that might want him for depth seems like one of the Red Wings organization’s best decisions.
The Red Wings need to hope that Ryan can keep the offense going and continues to grow his trade stock.