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06-28-2012, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Inferno View Post
...legit top 4 defenseman, legit monster hitter, legit fighter. That combination is very, very unique, don't be fooled. Just because so many guys are taken who are supposed to have those aspects doesnt mean it comes to fruition...players like these are damn near impossible to find.
From the people I speak with, that is what it comes down to right there.

A gamble? Oh yeah. Big, Big gamble. But well, well worth it to get the type of player who comes along but very rarely.

The other advantage that the Rangers have now that was not as clear when the pick was made was how well the current D would develop. The emergence of McDonagh and Girardi in addition to Staal as elite shut down defensemen gives the Rangers the time to season McIlrath properly.

I see tremendous upside here with limited down side.

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