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NHL: Ryan happy to help Oilers' superstars

Forward Derek Ryan says he's happy for the opportunity to provide more support for superstars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl under new Edmonton Oilers' coach Jay Woodcroft.

The Oilers, 25/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, have won four straight games since replacing Dave Tippett with Woodcroft on 10th February and moved up to third in the Pacific Division (27-18-3).

Key duo leading the way

In their most recent victory, 7-3 against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, Draisaitl scored twice to take his NHL leading goal tally to 35 and McDavid registered two assists to tie his teammate for joint top spot in the league for points (68).

Edmonton also had a goal and assist from Zach Hyman, Evander Kane, Warren Foegele and Ryan, who has enjoyed a boost in ice time since Woodcroft was promoted from the Oilers' farm-team in the NHL.

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Ryan playing his part

In the last three games, Ryan has scored once and got three assists and says he's pleased to offer offensive help to McDavid and Draisaitl.

35-year-old Ryan is in a first season with the Oilers and has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 44 games.

He commented to the media: "I feel like we feel that everyone is getting a chance and an opportunity to provide help. Obviously, we can't rely on Leon and Connor [McDavid] to do everything. We need support for those guys and for everyone in the top six. I think it has been good for myself to get some confidence built up to play more and to get more of an opportunity offensively. I think that has helped a lot in my game."

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