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11-24-2012, 03:29 PM
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Anybody who was here during Staal's absence has to remember I was one of his biggest supporters when everybody was saying he was redundant because of Girardi and McDonagh playing so well.

Staal is still our best d-man. The only weakness to his game is that when he's on the point in the offensive zone he still makes bad decisions more than I would like to see. His reach is crazy, he's smart with his stick and body, and he can lay a MONSTER hit when he wants to- however, he doesn't do it night in and night out because he never takes himself out of position to do so. It's great to see somebody with that power not sacrifice defense for the big hit. People also point to McD's age as an added plus, but Staal just turned 25 last January.

However, the last season McDonagh really proved how much potential he really has. His skating is absolutely insane. That Kovalchuk play in the playoffs is crazy, and he did stuff like that routinely. Also, with 32 points in 82 games his offensive game may be burgeoning as well. The next season or two will determine if McD is ready to take the step and become a Ryan Suter-esque superstar.

Staal at 1 with McD at 2, and we'll see how that shakes out in a few years.

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