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07-15-2013, 02:59 AM
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Originally Posted by JCrusty View Post
MDZ does have a higher potential to act as an offensive presence in the offensive zone than McDonagh or Moore. What I mean by that is, he can take on the role of being the 4th forward on the ice and abandon his defensive responsibility in favor of a chance to carry the puck down low and try and make a play whereas Moore and McD will always favor making 80-90 percent of their plays around the point give or take a few feet.

Skills wise, MDZ will do certain things that McD probably won't do (not because he can't but because it's not something McD cares to do), but in terms of skating, puck handling, and yes, passing, McD has the distinct advantage on MDZ.
That's because MDZ has the mentality of a 4th forward at times. That's not necessarily a "skill".

McDonagh is a far better skater and puck-handler, but the fact that he's so responsible defensively will never allow him to be the 4th forward that MDZ can be at times.

Shea Weber is one of the best offensive defensemen in the game and you never see him that far down low. You can be more than effective from the point. In 2012, McDonagh was 6th in ES points among defenders in only his 1st full season and yet finished less than 10 points behind Del Zotto who was in his 3rd full season. This is by NO MEANS a comparison between McDonagh and Weber, just something proving that if given MDZ's power play time, McDonagh can put up those numbers, if not better.

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