Thread: Value of: Ryan McDonagh & Dan Girardi
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05-31-2012, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Double Dion View Post
Again, he plays the 2nd most minutes on your team. It makes him your #2. He isn't behind Chara and Weber either. Both he and Girardi are excellent defenseman, but he isn't a #1. #1 defensemen play in all situations including PP. He was 3rd in PP time behind MDZ and Girardi. He's a #2 guy, time will tell if he develops into a #1. Some guys just don't improve at the rate you hope they will. See Phaneuf and Doughty as prime examples. Phaneuf had 20 goals and 49 points as a 19 year old defenseman his first year. He also played shutdown minutes. Players have different development curves. Maybe McDonagh becomes a true #1 like Weber or Lidstrom, but maybe he peaks now.

Of course if you mean #1 as in a top 30 guy in the league I agree with you that he is that. But that would make Jokinen a #1 center too.

Lmao McDonagh has been our best D, Girardi was extremely good too. But McDonagh has put up good numbres and he played +25 min in reg season and +27 mins in the playoff. McDonagh has been best overall. Girardi has been super good too. But McDonagh beat him by a small margin. Look at the plays he makes. 1 game for instance against the Devs he skates backs and stops Parise and then later Kovalchuck on a breakaway. Minutes aren't everything bro. When healthy and in form Crosby plays more than Malkin making Malking the #2. That doens't mean Malkin isn't a #1 star player...

Whatever, arguing with you is like trying to learn Scott Gomez how to score again. It can't be done. It just hurts too much.

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