During the time when Bobby Ryan was going back and forth between the A and the big club, I got his autograph at Face-Off Fest. While he was signing, I told him "I just picked you up on my fantasy team, you've gotta help me beat these guys (pointing to my buddies in line)". I'll never forget the look on his face after I said that. Dude, looked like his dog just died but kind of faked a smile and said "I'll try my best." The next morning it was reported that he got sent back to minors. So I'm sure he knew when I told him that. Anyway, he went back to the AHL tore it up, was called back to Anaheim and never looked back. I still take credit for that. I just need to run into Nick Ritchie now.
But back on topic, I do like the move of sending him down. Let him score some goals and get his confidence back up. He should dominate in SD even more with the NHL experience he's gained.