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Erik Cole and Michael Ryder Trade By The Stats


The Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars made the biggest trade so far in the lockout shortened 2012-2013 NHL season swapping veteran wingers Erik Cole and Michael Ryder (along with a 2013 3rd round draft pick).

Michael Ryder returns to the Montreal Canadiens where he started his NHL career while Erik Cole goes to his 4th NHL team.

Cole is signed for two more seasons with a cap hit of $4.5M while Ryder is a UFA after the season.

Below we take a look at what each team is getting in each player.


POINTS PER 60 MIN PLAYED


Over their careers, Cole and Ryder have identical points per game production - each have produced 0.63 points per game. Equalizing for time on ice, Ryder has been a more efficient point producer over his career with 2.43 points per 60 min played while Cole has produced 2.13 points per 60 min played.

This season, however, has seen Cole struggle in Montreal. As can be seen in the chart above, Cole's points per game has dropped to 0.32 and his points per 60 min fall to below 2 at 1.21. Ryder, so far this season, has played above his average at 0.74 points per game and 2.70 points per 60 min played.

 

SHOOTING PERCENTAGE


Another area where Cole and Ryder are nearly identical is in career shooting percentage - 12.7% and 12.6%, respectively. 

However, this season couldn't be more different for the two. Ryder is shooting at a 14.3% clip while Cole's shooting percentage has plummeted to 7.3%. 

SHOTS PER 60 MIN PLAYED


Both players are fairly even in the turnover battle and with very even giveaway and takeaway rates, aren't liabilities.

The Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars made the biggest trade so far in the lockout shortened 2012-2013 NHL season swapping veteran wingers Erik Cole and Michael Ryder (along with a 2013 3rd round draft pick).

Michael Ryder returns to the Montreal Canadiens where he started his NHL career while Erik Cole goes to his 4th NHL team.

Cole is signed for two more seasons with a cap hit of $4.5M while Ryder is a UFA after the season.

Below we take a look at what each team is getting in each player.


TIME ON ICE PER GAME


When looking at Time on Ice, Cole has always been the player of the two to eat up a lot of minutes as he has averaged 17.88 minutes per game vs. Ryder's 15.54. However, this season is the first over their respective careers where Ryder is getting more time on a per game basis.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Cole's time increase in Dallas.

In hindsight, the drop in Cole's ice-time was a good predictor of a trade like this happening.

TURNOVER +/- PER 60 MIN


Both players are fairly even in the turnover battle and with very even giveaway and takeaway rates, aren't liabilities.


TRADE IN REVIEW

Clearly, based on the charts above, Cole and Ryder are having drastically different seasons - Cole is cold while Ryder is hot. 

Dallas is getting a player in Cole that could just be having a poor start and could easily rebound to his career levels and be a big producer for the team. While Montreal offloads an underperforming contract and gets a draft pick.

 



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