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07-18-2011, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by NYRantLftyC19 View Post
I've liked Paajarvi a lot since before his draft year, and always thought he would develop into at the very least a great top 6 forward. Watching him play, you can see that he has all the tools to be a first liner in the league..

Having said that, after watching McD this year, i'm convinced that McD will eventually be a 1st pairing Dman... he's just extremely smart and has great physical tools like his size and speed.. He's great at reading the play and stepping up to intercept the pass or take out the guy. He is more than solid in his own zone for a 22 year old rookie. And towards the end up the season, when he became more comfortable and experienced, he started adding offense to his game. He is very young, and will develop well with experience. If it weren't for Staal, he would be our number 1 in a couple of years- so i really think NYR will end up with 2 top line defense pairings: 2 #1s in Staal and McD, and 2 #2s in Girardi and Saur.. as early as the 2012-2013 season. I wouldn't give that up for Paajarvi.
Id like to second this. This is exactly why i wouldnt trade Mcdonagh for Paajarvi. I think Paajarvi will be a 2nd line player in this league. Id much rather keep our d corps as it is and see what Kreider has before making this deal. I believe Krieder has the skills to be just as good or better. So im willing to wait to see what we have in our young dmen before trading them off, while waiting a year or two would allow us to find out who fits on our team and who is ready to step up and it may make other players available to trade to get top 6 talent like - Girardi

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