Originally Posted by blayze
I think some of you need to take a tranquillizer. I'm high on Tarasenko as well (picked him up last night) but 2 games guys... it's been 2 games. We wouldn't be having this conversation last week.
A couple things:
-MDZ DOES have a monopoly on the Rangers PP... who's going to take it away from him? Girardi? McDonaugh? Cause clearly they're knocking on the door with their offensive prowess right?
-How has MDZ been a "disappointment"? 41 points last season, 10 points in 20 playoff games, and most importantly - his defensive game has substantially improved (+20 last season) which means the Torts will play him with more confidence... yeah tragically disappointing.
I personally have a lot of faith in MDZ... his past numbers aren't incredible by any means but I've been following him for a while and I think this is the year he breaks out. I drafted him in my own cash pool so I'm not here to blow smoke up your asses.
girardi and mcdonagh arent as horrible offensively as all that
girardi had 12 points in those same 20 playoff games that mdz had 10 in
mcdonagh had 34 even strength points last season which was good 7th among defensemen and only 4 points behind the number 2 guy
as far as +/- thats a dubious stat at best when determining defensive prowess after all girardi was only +13 last season he clearly isnt defensively worse than mdz is
mdz has a good +/- because with girardi and mcdonagh on the roster he gets sheltered minutes
look there is no question mdz has come a long way after falling down flat on his face and there is no doubt that the way that torts has to rely on girardi and mcdonagh for their defensive play they will not be getting any of mdzs pp time
he will most likely be a consistent 40-45 guy who flirts occasionally with 50
to me the decision for this would be based on team needs as i dont see mdz a slam dunk over tarasenko in an absolute sense