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01-09-2011, 03:41 AM
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Originally Posted by TigerJack View Post
A question for you long-time Rangers fans. You know the club, how it thinks and how the rookies are treated.

Do you geniunly believe that Zuccarello has what it takes already? I know he has been impressive so far, but it seems like that in the NHL the way is short down to AHL. Even Dubinsky, who seems to be on fire this year, played most of his first season in Hartford Wolf Pack, as I can read from his stats.

Of course there are a lot of norwegians that are hoping that he gets great success in the NHL, and a couple of slick penalty shots and a game winner OT goal seems to be enough to make him a NHL star already

But you who have followed the club for many years, even decades, if you compare Zucca to other rookies through out the years, how are his chances to be a permanent and even a key player with a one-way contract with the Rangers?

How would you compare Zuccas first games compared to other rookies who has succeeded in Rangers?

What are Zuccas chances of staying with the Rangers this season when key players like Prospal and Callahan are back from injury?
Zuccarello will keep his spot as long as he keeps performing. Dubinsky was 21 years old when he was in Hartford. That's why he spent a full season down there. Zuccarello is already 23. Most of his development happened in the SEL. His time in Hartford was necessary more for him to adjust to the North American game than to mature as a player.

I doubt very much that Prospal will even play this year, but the fact of the matter is that neither he nor Callahan will take Zuccarello's spot as long as Zuccarello's game doesn't drop off.

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