couple topics, about NYR's future on defense ...
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09-30-2004, 11:59 AM
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How I see the potential of the Rangers' defensive prospects:
Tyutin: above average #2, not a legitimate #1
Pock: #3 or #4, sees pp time, hopefully average defensively
Baranka: solid #4, defensive defenseman, safe bet
Kondratiev: #4 or #5, I've read some contradicting reports about him being an offensive defenseman and then others stating he was defensive. Two-way perhaps? His size, weight particularly, may hinder him as it is currently. That is fixable, though. Other than that he seems like a fairly safe bet
Liffiton: 3rd pairing defensive defenseman, I think he's a pretty safe bet to reach that level
Guenin: He seems adept at the college level, I don't know too much about him though. I'll take a stab and say he also has 3rd pairing upside.
Taylor: I thought the Cairns comparison (Fish's, I believe) was very apt. From what I saw, his skating and mobility were sub-standard at the college level and efinitely need improving. He has toughness and leadership qualities, I think he was captain of Green Bay. He could round into a 3rd pairing guy, but I really think he would have been better off working on his game at college than in the AHL or ECHL.
Lampman: Safe 3rd pairing or 7th defenseman. I thought he showed promise during his call-up, he obviously needs more experience but should reach his ceiling
Without commenting on your specific evaluations, I'd like to borrow this list and use it to reinforce my point before. Most of these guys are depth defensemen, and the Rangers cannot have an entire defense made up of depth players. Tjutin and maybe Pock are the only two guys who I've even heard 'top pairing' mentioned, and Kondraitev and Baranka are usually the only top four candidates. That's not a lot of room for error... and that still leaves like 4-5 other guys fighting for 2 spots. And that's assuming the all make it, hardly a forgone conclusion.
Bring on Johnson, says I.
Remarkably I haven't even seen the kid play, and I'm already excited. ;-)
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