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07-21-2013, 09:40 PM
MDZ for NYR Blueline
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Rochester, NY
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I'm not certain what has transpired to make McD the better offensive defenseman and explicitly so during the off season. I think everyone is idealizing McD a little too much. It's not to say he can't be what he's now expected to be (offensively), but even with his "overdue" offensive responsibilities and opportunities next year, I question just how realistic some of the expectations around here is. Take any other offensive defenseman in the league and look at what they're known for. From Byfluglien, Letang, Suter, Weber, Karlsson, Subban, Keith, Seabrook, Chara to Ehrhoff, Campbell, etc. etc. etc., are we really expecting McDonagh to match those guys? If not, I think we're forgetting about a solid season DZ had in 11-12 with our just below average PP. The last season wasn't his best because there were no timely goals, big moments, or PP magic on the part of DZ. This devaluation of DZ is coming from memory and this trend that's been happening around here with him being trade bait. This overestimation of McD's offensive output and skills is coming from his all star season last year, his overall value, his performance in the playoffs, his signing of a new contract and our fangirling of him.
If we were to be fair about MDZ's output (that I believe was affected the most by the style of game we played, out of all of our defensemen), and combine his last two seasons PPG, we would get .500. McD would be at .400.
This idea that McD will be given more offensive responsibilities while MDZ somehow doesn't get even more proportionally based on the type of defensemen they are is crazy. Sure, the defensemen will be utilized in more situations and get involved a lot more in all sorts of ways and in all sorts of situations but that's not McDonagh specific. The guy already has to shut down the best forwards in the league. If you think for a second that he's going to be thinking offense before covering all defensive bases first, then that would be incorrect. The reason why he's not used in an offensive role as much under Torts is because of the priority Torts has and the natural level of comfort McD has playing the style of game that he plays.
Given the amount of ice time McD plays night in and night out, I don't expect him to play exxtra minutes on the PP on a nightly basis over letting MDZ PMD the PP.
Also, I think the whole "better passing, puck possession, skating" stuff is a bit silly. When we start evaluating players based on their basic skill sets, it's because there's no better way to prove the point. All these skills have to translate into the overall style of games they play.
This post is absolutely perfect. McD is getting ridiculously overrated here on HFNYR. MDZ is being criminally underrated on HFNYR.
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