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Machinehead 03-12-2012 05:41 PM

Who is the best skater on the Rangers?
 
I see only 3 real candidates, but feel free to get creative.

Clowes Line 03-12-2012 05:41 PM

Hagelin. Hands down.

Rangers Fail 03-12-2012 05:42 PM

Best skaters are Hags, Gabby, and McD.

Blueshirt Believer 03-12-2012 05:44 PM

Depends, lateral or vertical?

shelaur22 03-12-2012 05:47 PM

Hags obviously has the most speed, but Richards going coast to coast on that goal last night required skating ability (and puck handling) that is beyond most of our players. Granted, a lot of time lately he's looked slow out there but that goal last night looked like the Richie who won the Conn Smythe. He's still got it...

Machinehead 03-12-2012 05:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Blueshirt Believer (Post 45957859)
Depends, lateral or vertical?

Overall/combination. Just take into account that McD does more lateral because he's a Dman.

Calad 03-12-2012 05:49 PM

Fastest? Hagelin

Best? Probably Gaborik.

SupersonicMonkey* 03-12-2012 05:51 PM

Hagelin, Callahan, McDonagh

Blueshirt Believer 03-12-2012 05:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Machinehead (Post 45958035)
Overall/combination. Just take into account that McD does more lateral because he's a Dman.

Probably McD then.

But Del Zoto also has solid agility, and good speed. Hags is the fastest/most explosive. Gabs is faster than McD in full stride, but not as agile imo.

nyr2k2 03-12-2012 05:53 PM

McDonagh and Hagelin.

Blueshirt Believer 03-12-2012 05:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SupersonicMonkey (Post 45958155)
Hagelin, Callahan, McDonagh

Interesting, you think Cally is one of our best. I won't argue he is one of our faster ones, but I always thought he struggles with his turning/pivoting(especially with the puck).

KreiMeARiver 03-12-2012 05:59 PM

McDonagh, Hagelin, Gaborik

SupersonicMonkey* 03-12-2012 06:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Blueshirt Believer (Post 45958309)
Interesting, you think Cally is one of our best. I won't argue he is one of our faster ones, but I always thought he struggles with his turning/pivoting(especially with the puck).

Cally is a very good skater. No real flaws in his form/stride. Powerful. Agile.

Mio41 03-12-2012 06:06 PM

Fastest Hags
Best Gabby

bernmeister 03-12-2012 06:07 PM

Hagelin of the current squad.
There is room for discussion about north-south vs. east west.

But Kreider will beat all when he gets here, he is best in the system.

Also, there are a couple who are extremely strong.
You skate into them, it's a truck.
Anisimov is a good combo of both strength and overall speed.

MSG the place to be* 03-12-2012 06:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mio41 (Post 45958763)
Fastest Hags
Best Gabby

fastest - gabby
best - hags, ainec

mullichicken25 03-12-2012 06:13 PM

Hagelin is an awesome skater

Mcd skates like ****in butter

But imo this conversation starts and ends with Gabby

SupersonicMonkey* 03-12-2012 06:13 PM

I disagree on Gaborik being the best. He's fast straight ahead. Good at cutting.

But as far as edges, lateral movement, going from forward to reverse, McDonagh has him beat.

McDonagh is a phenomenal skater.

Fastest doesn't always mean best.

Just my opinion.

I also feel Stralman is a great skater. As is Eminger.

MSG the place to be* 03-12-2012 06:16 PM

When Gaborik changes direction he veers off and almost ends up on 1st ave. Let's ignore his kinetic makeup deficiencies because they don't show up on the stat sheet.

Jabroni 03-12-2012 06:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SupersonicMonkey (Post 45959091)
I disagree on Gaborik being the best. He's fast straight ahead. Good at cutting.

But as far as edges, lateral movement, going from forward to reverse, McDonagh has him beat.

McDonagh is a phenomenal skater.

Fastest doesn't always mean best.

Just my opinion.

I also feel Stralman is a great skater. As is Eminger.

McDonagh has a smooth, powerful stride.

Excellent skater.

SupersonicMonkey* 03-12-2012 06:20 PM

I have a bias toward defensemen who are great skaters.

Its a profound position. Forwards are more glamorous and have an opportunity to use their straightaway speed if they have it. Whereas defensemen do a lot of their skating in tighter spaces, confined often to their own end. Its a different use of edges. Forward and back and lateral. Pivots.

McDonagh is a great skater. Smooth, effortless, great form, balance, edges.

Jumbo* 03-12-2012 06:23 PM

The correct answer is Hagelin.

Guy skates like the wind on every shift. Gabby has good top speed also but really needs to excert himself to get there .Hagelin just takes 2 strides and he's flying.

McD is one of the best skating defensemans in the league.

we want cup 03-12-2012 06:26 PM

Acceleration: Gabby
Speed: Hags

All-around? Tough to say. McD is in the conversation, and probably takes it for me.

SupersonicMonkey* 03-12-2012 06:29 PM

If anyone has it, or can find it, the play McDonagh made on Kovalchuk.

His skating is phenomenal. Rubbed out a full speed Kovalchuk. McD out skated him going backward and pivoting laterally.

Tanner Glass 03-12-2012 06:53 PM

Generally, McDonagh, and Hags are better, but when he has 'his moments' Gabby is like Semin's shot during his moments


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