Who is the Rangers' best defensive defenseman?
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11-24-2012, 03:42 PM
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Ryan McDonagh was 7th in ES points for defensemen last year behind Karlsson, Bieksa, Byfuglien, Chara, Yandle and Boyle.
He had 2 PPP with 51:22 of PP TOI.
Del Zotto had 322:32 of PP TOI. So about 6.3 times the amount of time.
Assuming that same efficiency (and remembering McDonagh only played the final seconds of the PP with lesser players!), that's about 12.5 PPP if you give all of Del Zotto's time to McDonagh. Now, Del Zotto had 14 PPP in the time he had, but that's with higher talent.
Even if you give McDonagh the 12 points, that's still a 42 point season. If he can even slightly improve his PP efficiency and keep his ES point efficiency as well as get PP time, he could very well become a 45-50 point defenseman.
I hope we give him that PP time. But not until he gets his next long term contract so we don't have to pay him 6-7 mil a season
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