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08-18-2013, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by smoneil View Post
No, Staal was selected to the All-Star team when he was 24. Two years older than Del Zotto was last season (MDZ was 22 last season). Staal's 22/23 year old seasons were his 08/09 and 09/10 seasons where he was trying to add offense and his defense suffered as a result. Seriously, were you guys around during those seasons? Staal didn't really become the Staal we know until about halfway through 09/10. He didn't really start adding offense until last year. Don't revise history just because it suits you. Staal is one of my favorite Rangers, but he didn't pop onto the ice as a finished/fully developed player. He had his struggles. The only one of our D that didn't have a lengthy development curve has been McDonagh--that's what makes McD so impressive to me.
Staal was selected to the All-Star Game when he was 23. He played in the All-Star Game when he was 24. He had a birthday in between. Technically, two days before he turned 24. The point is, the selection was based on his work as a 23 year old.

The McDonagh point is funny to me. The guy became a top pairing caliber defenseman in the NHL 5 years after he was drafted. So did Marc Staal. Just because we saw all of Staal's development and missed McDonagh's while he was at Wisconsin and a prospect for a different organization doesn't mean that McDonagh didn't need as much development. Let's not forget that there was a team very down on the guy at one point.

I like Del Zotto and I'm not down on him in any way. But right now, he's a 2nd pairing defenseman. That's just what he is. Could he progress into another level to his game? Of course he can. But until he does, he is what he is.

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