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by Paul on 09/25/10 at 06:31 PM ET
from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle made it clear in the first week of camp that Ryan will have to fail miserably to change his mind about the position change. And if the move is successful, the Ducks will have three quality centers – Getzlaf, Ryan and Saku Koivu – on their top three lines. Teams with three effective scoring lines historically go deep in the playoffs.
To his credit, Ryan has embraced the change from his first faceoff, though conceding it is on-the-job training in its essence.
“There’s a learning curve,” Ryan said. “Any time they move you to a new spot you’re not used to, there’s trial and error. It’s different, so I’m just trying to figure things out and learn where I need to be defensively. There’s still some areas I’m confused about, but I take the video home, watch it, assess it and go from there.”
Ryan, who signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract right before training camp, certainly likes getting to handle the puck more in the middle. He also likes that Carlyle is taking a look at him at the point on the power play.
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