26-Year-Old Right Wing – Free Agent
Ryan White Contract Information:
Became an unrestricted free agent in July 2014.
White replaced the injured Brandon Prust (upper body) as the fourth-line center in Thursday night's game against Columbus. He finished with one shot, two hits and two penalty minutes in 9:04 of ice time in a 3-2 loss.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
White missed the start of the 2011-12 season due to a sports hernia and was limited to 20 games with the Canadiens. He was signed to a one-year deal in the offseason and will bring the fourth-line grit for which he's become known. There's no subtlety here. The Habs want him to be part of the newer, tougher Montreal. White and Michael Blunden occupy the same role, so keeping both on the roster will be redundant.
White was called up from Hamilton in January and after some initial stumbles, including a subsequent demotion to the AHL and some healthy scratches, stuck with the Canadiens as regular on the fourth line for the final 25 games of the season. He played all seven of Montrealís playoff games, giving the Canadiens a bit of sandpaper on the forward line and earned himself a one-year deal in the offseason. It looks like heíll make the major league roster from the get-go in 2011-12, but we donít see a big offensive role for him.
An interesting player to watch this season might come from one of the most unlikely source. White currently sits at right wing on the fourth line. His minor league career has showed a gritty and impactful side of White that Montreal hopes will come out this year. While racking up consistent 60 point season he also was a forceful checker registering over 500 PIM in four-plus seasons.
White is an energy player who is like a buzzsaw on the forecheck. He projects as the kind of guy a coach will send over the boards to handle the hard stuff -- killing off penalties and protecting late-game leads. Yes, he can score but his skills are average at best, and he's already gotten that dreaded "character player" label. He'll be invaluable on the ice but not so hot on your fantasy roster.