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05-31-2013, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Beacon View Post
There's a massive difference in their skating ability. McI can hit and get back in position using his speed. He can take the puck and skate up from the blue line to the blue line, and even deep behind the net. His speed skating is as good as many guys half a foot shorter than him. He needs to work on his steps when someone is trying to go around him, but that is a coachable issue, whereas pure skating is not.

Noreau, on the other hand, is relatively immobile. Unlike McI, he can't get out of position and use his speed to get back quickly. He needs to be planted around the net and his hits should come when he lurks quickly behind the net, and never to the side boards.

McI can be a first pair defenseman, as good as Beukeboom, maybe better because he's faster and stronger. Noreau is hoping to become another Eric Cairns, who had a decent 9-year career as a #6/7 defenseman. That would be enough money for Noreau to be set for the rest of his life, but it would mean that he's a very replaceable player for the Rangers. Worse yet, he might become another Rumun Ndur. Either way, don't expect a significant contribution from Noreau.

With MCI, anything short of top-4 would be a disappointment because he has the potential to be an absolutely irreplaceable player for the team.
I believe Jeff Beukeboom was a very choppy skater. From what is advertised, McIlrath is an excellent skater with a similar mean streak and net presence. I've learned to accept him as a guy who's top upside could be Brooks Orpik lite, another excellent skating dman with a nasty edge. Still don't think it was worth drafting that high for him. Beukeboom was a bottom pair defender without a franchise defender attached on his pairing. Orpik gets carried by Kris Letang. I don't agree with picking these big, rugged, limited offense d-man early in the draft.

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