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07-25-2012, 07:27 PM
eco's bones
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For his age McDonagh is a monster. Keeping in mind that d-men usually take a year or two longer in terms of development he's way ahead of the curve. The thing that puts him quite possibly ahead of Staal is the offensive side of his game which took a real leap last year. IMO Staal and McD are about equal defensively but I think Ryan and the Rangers (even in college he was more a stay at home) are just at the point of realizing there's are more facets of his game to explore.

An example--Sergei Zubov was a stay at home guy as well before signing with the Rangers. On his Russian team that was his job and in the Olympics paired with Malakhov he was the guy that stayed back. Really it was only after he became a Ranger that that side of his game was explored. McD has a bit in common with him which is not to say that that I expect 60-70 point seasons out of Ryan but I think he's capable of getting up to 45-50.

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