Rangers/Avalanche (Ryan O'Reilly)
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02-08-2013, 07:59 PM
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I'm still confused why McDonagh is proven with 1.5 seasons of play and O'Reilly isn't with 1. O'Reilly was stuck behind two great centers and didn't get his injury shot until last year when Duchy went down. He was producing better than Landeskog for awhile. His defensive play combined with his offense actually elevated him into our number one center role, similar to McD elevating to #1.
If you value both players on their play last season, a #2 defender is pretty close to a #1 center depending on the players in discussion.
You honestly don't appear to know much about O'Reilly, because his game didn't suddenly show up, it simply became effective when being paired with a good winger and not being used primarily in a shutdown role.
It's simple, McDonagh was a HUGE part of one of the top defense pairings in the NHL last season and was arguably the Rangers best defenseman.
Ryan O'Reilly as of right now is a good two-way 2nd line center that's had one solid offensive season. Ryan McDonagh is a legitimate top pairing defenseman that's playing at a level near the top of the game and is only getting better.
McDonagh's offensive skills are actually under utilized as Tortarella absolutely REFUSES to use him on the power play, going with 4 forwards and MDZ. Anyone who watches the Rangers would probably agree with this.
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