Did Losing Dubinsky and Prust Crush the Rangers
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12-11-2013, 10:25 AM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Dubinsky and Prust played with a swagger that was a huge boost to this team. Everyone layed with swagger when they were here. Even thought it was the days of the black and blueshirts, they had swagger that they were tougher than you. They would hustle their ass off to get into your lane and drop in front of any shot, then try and put you through the boards, and if you didn't like it, there were plenty of players on the roster interested in answering the bell if your team decided to ring it.
On the blueline we had Staal being hard to play against opposing steamroller stars: AO, Lucic, Malkin,
Tavares, etc. McD was most physical when matched against: Parise, Kovalchuk, Giroux, Crosby etc. where he could shut them down through his skating and talent as much as his physical play, allowing him to be very physical.
Now, we have Dorsett. I think Kreider and Miller are tough kids that can bring swagger to this roster, through never being intimidated to play a physical game, and Dorsett is willing to drop'em, but the team needs a serious heavy that can play hockey. Doesn't have to be a Lucic, maybe a Kassian or a Tom Wilson. Preferably a youngin'. Staal is in the Twilight ZOne this season. Maybe it's his eye. Maybe it's Ulfie. Maybe it's Stralman as a partner. Maybe it's AV not having 5 in the picture as often. WHatever it is, he's not crushing top players. Hell he's playing sheltered minutes.
If McIlrath is ready, he fills a lot of the swagger, and physical defensman requirements. Bringing him up could be the one player in the system that can be a catalyst to help turn the season around. That's only if he's ready obviously.
This is his time
. If he's not ready right now, then I think he'll never be the player that we wanted him to be.
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