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Habs rookie produces beyond expectations

Updated: March 25, 2004, 4:59 AM ET
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

He was drafted in the eighth round, the 216th player taken overall in the 1998 National Hockey League entry draft.

In the NHL, an eighth-rounder enters the area of throwaway picks, ones teams make because someone in the organization knows the kid's father or his coach, or because a scout saw something that just might translate into something for the minor-league system some day.

Going at 216 had to be a humbling experience for Michael Ryder, a player who was ranked considerably higher ...

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