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Our 6th D-man: Gilroy vs Eminger
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02-09-2013, 12:28 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2009
Gilroy isn't a power play specialist, he can''t play the PK, he isn't strong in his own zone. He doesn't skate as well as McDonagh, his pivotal speed is decent but is nothing special straight away.
What does he do? He takes up space, that is about it. He doesn't have the freedom in a Tortorella system to get too far up ice, even if he did he doesn't have the shot to beat an NHL goaltender regularly. You could use him as an energy forward on the bottom two lines but even then the best e could be is a poor man's Hagelin.
Eminger filled top 4 his first year here when DZ was sent down, he played PK minutes. He is more physical than Gilroy, and has been counted on for huge minutes with teams before NYR.
Now, because this dman will be playing behind huge minute vacuums like Danny G, the role isn't that important. But if you ask me come playoff time who I feel more comfortable with in a tie game, there is no question.
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