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02-06-2010, 03:39 PM
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Staal does play on the PP. Not as much as DZ but he does.

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He is rebounding nicely from a piss poor start.

Good for him, we need him to bring his game another lvl.

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Theres a lot to hate about the Rangers the past few years, but Marc Staal has got to be one of the single biggest reasons to be hopeful of the future...he had like 10 bad games this season that people have totally overreacted to where he tried to do too much, since then he has done a much better job of playing offensively at the right spots rather than all the time, and his defensive game is as strong, or possibly stronger, than it has ever been. Kid is an absolute stud, a #1 defenseman, and is only what, 22? Love it.

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Even though our team has major problems, guys like Staal still leave me with a sense of optimism. I think he'll be a legitimate 1st pairing D-Man on a solid defensive team. Hopefully one of MDZ/McD/Sangs turns out to be someone who can join him on the first pairing. Either way, defense is going to be one of our strong points for a long time. Our young talent pool is niiice.

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Love watching him elevate his game the way he's starting to.

I was critical of Torts trying to "bring out" his offensive game, but it looks like he's starting to become much more well rounded.

He'll never be a great offensive force, but he's certainly more than capable of being a true defensive anchor for the team.

Watching him and MDZ make me feel not completely hopeless. I hope the next crop of young defenseman to come up (Spaghetti and McDonagh) are this good as well.

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Staal is a good skater for a guy his size, but does by no means have elite quickness or speed. That will stop him from ever being a great point man on the power play. He'll be great on the second power play unit, just not one of the league's best, which I see MDZ becoming in just a couple of years. An average of 30-35 points per season is a safe bet for Marc each season from here on in.

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Can he be as good as Chris Pronger? Remember Pronger had a slower start to his career than Staal had. Some wrote him off early.

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Staal does play on the PP. Not as much as DZ but he does.
He plays like 20-25 seconds if that at the tail end maybe every other PP.

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02-07-2010, 11:21 AM
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Staal is a good skater for a guy his size, but does by no means have elite quickness or speed. That will stop him from ever being a great point man on the power play. He'll be great on the second power play unit, just not one of the league's best, which I see MDZ becoming in just a couple of years. An average of 30-35 points per season is a safe bet for Marc each season from here on in.
Plenty of big men, who are slower, have been successful on the PP.

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Plenty of big men, who are slower, have been successful on the PP.
But they had big shots.

Not to knock on Marc, because I think he has been a good success for this organization, but I dont think hes a pp type guy. He takes to long to rotate, probably twice the time it take Gilroy, and he doesnt have the passing or vision of MDZ.

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