The Ottawa Senators forward endured a tough second half to the 2014/15 season, culminating in a goalless final 12 games and just one tally in 20.
Ryan is yet to register a goal so far this season, but he did pick up an assist in the Senators’ 3-1 win at Buffalo, and he believes it’s just a matter of time, and simplicity, before his productivity returns.
“I remind myself that I scored (twice) in Game 5 of the play-offs last year,” he said.
“So, it’s only been two games since I haven’t scored. It’s been a long time on the calendar, but other than that, I just tell myself it’s going to come.”
That belief is not borne of blind faith, however, it’s due to a summer of self-analysis.
“I watched a lot of our games from last year,” added the former Anaheim Duck.
“I looked at the last 20-25, especially, to see what I could learn from it. There were games that I didn’t score that I thought I played well. That you can live with – you gave the effort and put yourself in a position to do well.
“There were other games where I looked at my body language and how I looked on the ice and I saw that I was cheating offensively.
“I was getting away from the things that I think made me successful. Some of what I saw, to be honest, I almost wanted to throw up. It was frustrating to watch.”
“I looked at what I saw as a learning experience. I don’t want to go through that again, but at the same time, if it makes me better, that’s the most important thing.
“I tried to get back to the K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple, stupid) method. It’s strange that when you are playing at the highest level, it’s the basics and fundamentals of the game that you can draw so much from. I’m going to apply a lot more of that this year.”