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05-08-2013, 08:44 AM
Can't Beat Him
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Washington, DC
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At the time, McDonagh had not progressed as the Canadiens had been hoping. They were also looking to get him to come out of College sooner as well.
There were legit questions about McD.
No one doubted he was a good prospect, but he had somewhat stagnated developmentally.
Hindsight being 20/20 it's turned out to be a steal for the Rangers, and even on the day it was done we were more than thrilled, but no one was able to predict that he would become THIS good.
It wasn't outside the realm of possibility that he would become this good. He was a top fifteen pick for a reason. His last year at Wisconsin, he was playing on a team with Brendan Smith, Justin Schultz, Cody Goloubef and Jake Gardiner. That's an insanely talented back end with or without McDonagh. I think his contributions got lost in the shuffle a little bit. I remember watching him when checking out Stepan, and he was the smooth skating, poised, great puck mover that he is today. He didn't have gaudy offensive numbers that some had hoped, but it was pretty clear that even if the offense never really developed he'd still be a terrific defenseman who could move the puck.
When we acquired him I nearly **** my pants. He looked to me like a guy with a second-pairing
. Like I said, Gainey may have considered him a throw-in, but I think a lot of us realized he was a far more important acquisition than that. I guess I'm mincing words at this point...it's just when people call McDonagh a throw-in, it just sounds like they don't know what they're talking about. Guys like Blake Parlett are throw-ins. McDonagh was still a really good prospect, even if Montreal had stupidly given up on him.
It's different with Moore, in that Columbus didn't really give up on him; they just had great depth on the back end and reasoned that they would be fine without him. I don't think Moore has quite the same upside as McDonagh, though he has great ability as well. I was thrilled that we were able to get him. People labeling Moore a throw-in addition just didn't know the name.
It's just pain.
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