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07-15-2013, 03:30 AM
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Originally Posted by CM Lundqvist View Post
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.
All valid things said, there is a distinction between the offensive skillset of McD vs. MDZ. No doubt Torts did not benefit MDZ's offense and skill set and even set it back a touch with the lack of offensive zone time, transitions and passing. As much as projections of McD offense turning up are valid, there's no doubt in my mind MDZ has a higher offensive ceiling and this season could really push MDZ along.

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