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11-02-2011, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by HagelinForPresident View Post
McDonagh is better than "Mark" Staal

Seriously, he is really blossoming into a great dman. He has stepped up so much and has exceeded expectations. Love seeing him pinch in and play offense. One of the goals that got called off against Toronto was from McD skating in with the puck and throwing it at the net from the side leaving juicy rebounds in front. He has added an awesome offensive area to his game. Love this kid
He may not be better than Staal defensively yet but his overall skillset is better and as a result, his upside is greater than Staal's is. He's a tremendous skater, reads plays well and is very strong in the lower body. We have 3 solid bookend d-men in Girardi, Sauer and Mcdonagh who you can basically stick with a weaker d-man and it will work out. Look how well MDZ has played since being placed with Sauer(who for my money is our soundest defensive defenseman). He now can rush the puck up the ice with confidence knowing that Sauer is back there to protect his rearend.
If Mcilrath continues to devlop and eventually makes the team(2013?), we are going to be very difficult to play against.

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