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09-21-2010, 04:36 PM
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I've read this a good bit recently. What exactly hasn't he shown that a #1 guy needs to have? I'm not trying to break balls, I'm just curious about what keeps him from being a number one guy in other peoples minds.
When I think of #1, I think of a complete defenseman who can lead a team and be sure to consistently shutdown the opposing team's top players. Marc has shown he can mostly do this, but I just don't think he's taken the last few steps to become a truely great #1 defenseman. His offensive numbers last year were impressive, but I believe he needs to work on his skating a little bit more, as well as his passing. Think about all the post-lockout Stanley winners:

2005-2006: Hurricanes
2006-2007: Ducks
2007-2008: Red Wings
2008-2009: Penguins
2009-2010: Blackhawks

With the exception of the Hurricanes (who had a core of defenseman who were all having miraculous career seasons, see Aaron Ward, Frantisek Kaberle), all these teams had a great defenseman who could lead a team's defense and offense.

Ducks: Niedermayer, Pronger
Wings: Lidstrom
Penguins: Gonchar
Blackhawks: Keith, Seabrook

I'm not asking Staal to become generational talent like Niedermayer or Lidstrom, but he does have to take his game to somewhere of the level of Duncan Keith. He's got the shutdown defense pretty much pat down, but to be a good #1 he needs to complete his offensive game, which I think he's on the way of doing, but isn't quite there yet.

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Right now it's gotta be the Redden situation. It's the elephant in the room.
Big time. This is why I want him traded and not sent down. It's final that way, no more wondering about Redden ever again. Still very interested in a Souray/Redden swap.

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MZA is the biggest mystery. 90% of us dont have much of an idea of what to expect from him, it's pure guesswork.

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Should be around 15-20 games, IMO.
It should be, but I don't think it will be.

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Big time. This is why I want him traded and not sent down. It's final that way, no more wondering about Redden ever again. Still very interested in a Souray/Redden swap.
I wouldn't mind that at all. Souray's two years compared to Redden's four years....

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09-21-2010, 07:01 PM
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The Rangers are missing that guaranteed elite skater next to Gab and let's be honest Gab is not a guarantee either b/c of injury p[ossibility. But if McD, MZA and Stepan all enter the pros without skipping a beat, MDZ, Artie, Dubs and Frolov improve from last year and everyone else plays the way they are suppossed to play we'll compete for a 4 seed. So for me I feel this teams best case scenario is a 4 seed. Worst case is Hank and Gabs are injured and we finish bottom 5. Prediction is a 6 or 7 seed.

So my qwuestions are the rooks and those others I mentioned.

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MZA is the biggest mystery. 90% of us dont have much of an idea of what to expect from him, it's pure guesswork.
If I had to predict I'd say 32-37 points. 10 goals 17 assissts. Depends on his linemates and whether he actually makes it outta training camp too of course.

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If I had to predict I'd say 32-37 points. 10 goals 17 assissts. Depends on his linemates and whether he actually makes it outta training camp too of course.
So, 10 goals and 17 assists for 32-37 points...he truly is the Norwegian Hobbit Wizard if he can reshape the groundwork of mathematics haha.

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