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12-29-2012, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by petrocelli View Post
MacDonald gets pushed around our own goal crease like a rag doll. It's embarrassing. Besides that, he's a decent defenseman. Decent offensively.. Doesn't do anything great, but can log a good 15-20 minutes a night. If anything, I view MacDonald in the same light as Nielsen. On a good team, Nielsen is a third line centerman. On a team light on centermen or devoid of any scoring, Nielsen can be pushed up to 2nd line. MacDonald is similar in that if he is playing on your first pair, you'll be picking top 3 overall in the entry draft every year. If he is on your second pairing, you can get away with it, but still probably not a very good or deep team of defensemen. He fits somewhere 4-6... If he is on your last pairing as your #5 D-man, it's probably a deep, playoff contending blueline...

That is the problem with the Islanders. Expectations are so low that fans convince themselves players are better than they really are...... I'd like to not only see this team make the playoffs, but actually compete when they get there... and I see MacDonald as a bottom pairing player that can step up to your 2nd pairing when injuries call for it. If he's on your 2nd pairing opening night, good luck with that.
MacDonald has played quality top pairing minutes for 2 yrs now. Frans Nielsen is a strong defensive 5 on 5 player and strong pk player.They are among the least of the NYI problems. The fact that the 6'0 190 lbs MacDonald is not a crease clearer means jack. Get a bigger, more physical d-man for that role.

Expecting 35/36 yr olds Streit and Vis to rebound from disappointing 2011-2012 seasons could be a problem.

Expecting Boyes, coming off his 8 goal season to replace Parenteau in the top 6, could be a problem. Keeping Nabakov sharp if they go with a 3 goalie rotation, could be a problem

Instead of getting the ROY all set for Brock Nelson or Strome, how about letting one of them actually win the 2nd line spot from Frans Nielsen?

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