After losing Daniel Alfredsson in free agency, the Ottawa Senators quickly recovered in grabbing one of the top prizes available on the trade market, in trading for forward Bobby Ryan. The Sens sent forward Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen, and a first round pick to acquire him.
If Ryan continues to produce at the level that we’re used to seeing, then the Senators may very well have won the deal, depending on what Silfverberg’s upside turns out to be. But it’s also important to keep in mind that with this move, there come higher expectations for Ryan.
Ryan is a consistent 30-goal scorer, and has been his entire career. Prior to the lockout shortened 2013 season, he had four consecutive seasons of at least 30 goals, before experiencing a down year with the shortened season, finding the back of the net only 11 times in 2013.
With the Senators, there will obviously be an expectation that Bobby Ryan will score at least 30 goals a year. But he’s playing in a bigger market, and with that comes increased expectations. Which could mean that those in Ottawa will expect Ryan to reach that next level, a.k.a. 40 goals.
It’s certainly possible that he could reach that type of production with the Senators. He’ll likely be playing next to one of the premier setup guys in the league, in Jason Spezza. Those 30-goal numbers should be an easy mark for Ryan to continue reaching, even with the change in scenery.
Whether or not we’ll see him take his game just a little bit higher remains to be seen. He has the scoring ability to reach 40 goals in a season, but we haven’t seen it yet. Could the move help him to reach that level? We’ll have to wait and see.