The Myth of Depth and Other Issues of Concern
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03-15-2012, 11:32 AM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Goals and scoring are nice statistics, but the Rangers depth isn't built on scoring depth. Nearly everyone in the lineup has been defensively responsible, which has let the team play low-scoring shutdown games effectively (up until recently). Skill from guys like JAM can put up impressive offensive numbers, but Fedotenko or Mitchell is going to give the team more consistent defensive play, even when they're not playing well. Boyle+Prust and Dubinsky have always been able to match up against teams top lines and play good defense. Boyle plays 15 minutes per game, puts up ~20 points this year, and he's a plus player - that's the best statistic you have to show that while he's not putting up the big stats that are easy to celebrate, he has been an effective hockey player.
The team is strong on defensive depth (both F+D) but perhaps 1-2 guys short on offensive depth. Sather will restock the machine this offseason and make the necessary adjustments to keep it going. There's a trade cooking with Columbus, which is a fire directly under Brandon Dubinsky's ass.
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