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11-23-2011, 06:41 AM
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With less than a full season under his belt, and the progess he has ALREADY made on his overall game from College to the Pros, I see him being a more legit #1 defenceman than Staal.

He's got a great frame for a defenceman, he's actually heavier than Staal at 216 (208 for Staal). He's not going to be that physical guy that Staal should be, but he's a much better skater, passer and he has a better shot than Staal.

I like Staal as the perfect #2 defenceman, but I think that by seasons end, McDonagh is going to be this teams #1 defenceman and in my opinion that's a good thing as it will allow Girardi the ability to play with and stabilize Del Zotto's game.

In terms of overall talent and ability, McDonagh has the head for the game and the set of tools to be our best defenceman and I expect him to emerge as that over the course of this season.

gonna be nice to watch him emerge as player.

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