What's McDonagh's potential?
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11-23-2011, 03:37 PM
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No, Staal was a #1 defenseman, period.
McDonagh has been great defensively, but how quickly we forget about how dominant Staal is defensively.
Staal put up 30 points in his 4th season on a team that was changing it's identity every 8 months. When he gets power play time and this team becomes what we hope, 40 points is a very likely outcome. Dan Girardi is on pace for less then 40 points, yet we would all agree if the season ended today he would likely place top 5 for Norris voting.
Staal at the end of last season was playing 28 minute/game and completely shutting down Crosby, Ovechkin and many more great players. As much as I love McDonagh, and MDZ/McIlrath/Erixon/Sauer/Girardi, barring a dip in play from his injury, Staal is, and always will be, the guy.
McDonagh is going to be as good defensively and will be better offensively.
Which means he will be the better defenceman and thus our true #1.
When you have a guy that can do what Staal does and more, that guy is your #1.
by the end of this season, not next year or the year after. McDonagh is going to be talked about, league wide, as our best defenceman.
Which is a great thing.
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