Thread: Pre-Game Talk: ECF: Rangers Vs Devils
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05-13-2012, 10:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Dorado View Post
You know Staal is fully back when he routinely goes into the corner against 2 fore checkers and spins off them using his hip and a strong stick and comes away with the puck .
IMO Staal is about as close to Larry Robinson as you will ever see in this league . Also still think eventually he'll put uP more offense .
No one will ever march LR plus minus numbers but Staal really plays a similar game to him
I was thinking the same thing! This defense corps of the Rangers could be the best in their history with possibly 2 future Norris Trophy contenders. ABSOLUTELY accurate comparison between Staal & Larry Robinson!

Some posts back, I mentioned that Ryan McDonagh could be like Mark Howe before that gruesome injury: skates like the wind, agility second-to-none, and great hockey sense on the defensive side; comparing McD to Leetch would be a stretch, since #2 was more than a puck-moving defenseman... He was a Rushing Defenseman in the Bobby Orr mold!

Del Zotto has shades of Ray Bourque with his lateral skating and can jump into the play. His drawbacks are consistency in his own end and getting his shots on net as a PP quarterback. If he can polish up those deficiencies, MDZ could become a perennial All Star.

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