McDonagh is a player I'm really keen on. I'd be willing to bet he becomes a consistent 40+ point d-man, who provides solid +/-, ranks top 3 on NYR in hits and top 2 in blocked shots. Really I think Duncan Keith is a more accurate comparison than Brent Seabrook. Now, I'm not naive enough to say McDonagh is going to be as good as Keith is, a Norris trophy winning defenseman...but in terms of playing style, McDonagh matches up better with Keith than Seabrook.
One, while it might be a stretch to claim his hockey sense is "off the charts" its probably his best asset(besides his superb skating ability). Hes already one of the best skaters in the NHL. He doesn't get much credit for it but he actually has a nice hard accurate shot. Not a blistering bomb like Chara, Weber or Buff...buts hes good at finding the net through traffic.
Hes an above average passer and on the defensive side of things, one could make an argument he was the Rangers best overall d-man last season...everyone was singing Dan Girardi's praises, which is fine, hes a solid vet and has come along way, any team would be happy to have him...but seems to me I watched McDonagh bail Girardi out in tough spots more often than the other way around. Really McDonagh's biggest weakness is his size, not the biggest d-man out there(6-1, around 215 lbs) but that certainly didn't stop him from shutting down other teams best scorers last season. He did all that as a 23 year old in his 1st full NHL season(played 40 games prior last season). Hes also received much praise from John Tortorella which doesn't hurt either!!
I know I've made this post a lengthy one, but the point is, he really impressed me quite a bit last season, and not someone I'd underrate.
Stamkos was asked today in Tampa how he can top last season:
"Well, get into the playoffs. That's the big key and that's our goal here."
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Last edited by The Hockey Hitman; 11-28-2012 at 05:01 AM.