Yeah that Eminger Gilroy pairing will be exposed. Curious why Sauer didnt make it to the top 6, i thought he outperformed both of them. Hopefully they wont be out there too long, and when they are im hoping the forwards know it and err on the side of caution - come back and help.
@ Gilroy - What is his role exactly? I'm assume to take care of his own end to a degree, but mainly to add offense - correct? Hes not a big guy, was benched last season for not being physical enough... He can skate for sure, so he can cover himself -
But heres the thing... IF hes not doing anything constructive offensively, and judging from the preseason he really didnt add much, if anything. He couldnt get a single shot through, blocked almost every time - and when he did it was after hesitating and was about 3/4 to 1/2 of the speed of a normal NHL defenders shot - He doesn't have the powerful accurate, low slapper you need from the point to add the offense. Hell - Girardi has a better shot then Gilly. Gilroys stengths offensively are when he comes down low, back door or when he makes a move on a goalie. His wrister is meh, average at best.
THEN why is here again? Did he improve on his shooting? I didnt see it. I saw a guy thinking WAY too much out there. If you are going to reap the benefits of a sure handed offensive defenseman than why sacrifice the defensive aspect when you have a guy like Sauer that can provide some toughness, good positioning and a stay at home approach?
As of right now, you arent gaining anything by having Gilroy in the lineup IMO. If the Rangers idea is to give him another shot at being that guy, then fine... give him his games. But ill be keeping a close eye on him. He should have a really really short leash IMO.
One of the BIGGEST problems the Rangers have on defense - getting shots through. They need to find defenseman who can get the puck on the net in all situations. Whether its a quick, Rafalski-esque snapper or a simple slapper or wrister that can be deflected, or just plain covered up by the goalie for a whistle and resulting offensive zone draw - they need more of this. Too many blocked shots, wide shots, silly off the board shoot it wide on purpose shots. Gilroy should be providing this. He is not.
The same can be said about Gilly, really. He had a very sub-par preseason too...
Eminger had a secondary assist in his preseason games and looked slow and flat footed at times.
Gilroy had an assist vs the Senators
He had a goal and an assist vs the Devils in New Jersey
Finished a plus 3 for the preseason and looked more comfortable, his skating is light years ahead of Eminger.
Gilroy wasn't a stand out, but he looked better than Eminger for sure and was defintely the winner of the 5th spot IMO and I am not a gilroy supporter. I'd prefer we traded him to open up room for Valentenko or McDonagh.