Dan Ryder

Dan Ryder

Before last weekend, the Providence Bruins agreed to term on a player-tryout agreement (PTO) with 22-year-old center Dan Ryder.

You might recognize the last name. That’s right, 5-foot-9, 193-pound Dan Ryder is the younger brother of Boston Bruins star winger Michael Ryder, who’s 28. In his first two games with the P-Bruins, Ryder didn’t register a point and posted a minus-1 rating in  Sunday’s loss to Hershey.

Today the elder brother gave TheBruinsBlog.net a scouting report on the younger.

“He’s a pretty good two-way player. He’s a good skater, he’s good offensively and defensively,” he explained. “I think when I watched him in junior he was pretty smart on the ice and he reads the ice well and things like that.”

A third-round pick of Calgary in 2005, the younger Ryder is in his second pro season after four years of junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League. This season with the Flames’ farm club in Quad City, he posted 3-6-9 totals before he was released.

The Ryder brothers haven’t seen a lot of each other over the last 10 years or so because of their hockey careers, although Michael said that when he was with Montreal he sometimes could make it to Ottawa to see his brother  play for Peterborough. But now they’ll at least be in the same region of the U.S., and even if it’s temporary they should get to cross paths a couple times.

But don’t expect a revisiting of their childhood floor hockey matches, during which Michael always put his age and size advantage to work.

“Yeah, I feel bad now. I feel bad about what I used to do to him,” Michael said.