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11-23-2011, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by RangerEsq View Post
People forget by now, but when McDonagh was drafted, he was seen as an offensively gifted defenseman. A recently as two years ago people were not sure which route he will take: offensive or defensive.

He did the smart thing and worked on his defense first which guaranteed him a spot in the NHL, but lets face it there is a lot of untapped offensive potential there. If he is around 20-25 points, then he is a #3. If he ends up being a ~30 point defenseman, then he is a #2. If he becomes a consistent ~40 point defenseman, then he is a #1.
Err, no. That's not how you analyze a d-man at all.

If he can put up around 30-35 points and play great defensively, he'll be a #1 d-man. His speed and strength alone are already elite, which you need to be a top pairing guy. You don't analyze with points completely.

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