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06-22-2012, 11:07 PM
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If you look past Erixon and McIlrath, the Rangers have almost no sure-fire NHL d-men in the pipeline. (Klassen, Noreau, Ceresnak?) This is actually an area they needed depth in organizationally. And as we saw in the playoffs, three of the most effective Rangers were Hagelin, Kreider and McDonagh - arguably the three best skaters on the team. It's hard to pass up a player that has such a nice combo of size + skating. Hopefully the hockey IQ thing will work itself out (they said that about Kreider). Regardless, I'm not sure there were any sure-fire impact offensive players at our draft position.

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06-22-2012, 11:07 PM
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@BradySkjei Welcome to the blueshirts! Congrats on the draft! #futuredrow
Hope this guy becomes another McDonagh...

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06-22-2012, 11:09 PM
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You can never have too much defense in the pipeline.

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06-22-2012, 11:10 PM
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beautiful skating from what I see in the videos. I have no problem with the pick. Can never have too much D, as we saw with Bickel, Eminger, Woywitka and Anton (even though he was good). it's a huge crap shoot that late in the 1st, I have no problem taking the Dman with good upside than a bottom 6 forward (that is if he even makes it to the nhl). Rangers have a lot of D assets which is a good thing when they are looking to make a trade. This is a good problem to have, it's unrealistic to think Staal, Girardi, McD, and MDZ will be a core four that remains for years, anything can happen, injury, trade, FA, diminished skills. Look at what happened to Sauer, anything can happen. Not gonna pretend like I know much about all the players who were available at the pick, but watching clips of Skjei he is one smooth skating d-man with size.

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06-22-2012, 11:10 PM
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If you look past Erixon and McIlrath, the Rangers have almost no sure-fire NHL d-men in the pipeline. (Klassen, Noreau, Ceresnak?) This is actually an area they needed depth in organizationally. And as we saw in the playoffs, three of the most effective Rangers were Hagelin, Kreider and McDonagh - arguably the three best skaters on the team. It's hard to pass up a player that has such a nice combo of size + skating. Hopefully the hockey IQ thing will work itself out (they said that about Kreider). Regardless, I'm not sure there were any sure-fire impact offensive players at our draft position.
I actually said the same thing about the Rangers defensive depth in the prospect group to my dad a couple of months ago and predicted we would take a D. I forgot about that until just now.

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Hope this guy becomes another McDonagh...
Future Drow? Does Del Zotto think he's a dark elf?

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06-22-2012, 11:13 PM
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I actually said the same thing about the Rangers defensive depth in the prospect group to my dad a couple of months ago and predicted we would take a D. I forgot about that until just now.



Future Drow? Does Del Zotto think he's a dark elf?
As long as he's not Drizzt...I hate that ****er.


Really like what we look for in kids. Slowly but surely we're building our team into a team of guys who are really smooth skaters.

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06-22-2012, 11:13 PM
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I know nearly nothing about this draft to have an opinion other than, wow another 1st rounder spent on a defensemen.

With the recent sucesses we have had in the draft I have to defer to Glen & Gordie on this one.

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06-22-2012, 11:14 PM
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Really like the player - great skater, great athlete.

Kind of wary of sending a kid to develop at the U of M. As odd as that may be to say.

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06-22-2012, 11:15 PM
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Well, I wanted a forward or a trade back, so I was a bit disappointed when I heard this kid's name. But, I've learned to trust Gordie and Gorton, so it made me wonder why I hadn't seen more of the knowledgeable posters pushing for him. And it appears that no one thought he'd be available this late - all the mocks had him going 15-25 or so.

I do like what I read about him - big and perhaps the best skater in the draft? Sign me up.

More importantly, does this make it that much easier to trade a defenseman for a forward that can help the big club...?

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06-22-2012, 11:16 PM
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surprised more people aren't flipping out that we didn't draft a forward. I like him, hopefully he develops into a great d-man
Oh they are...you're just in the wrong thread.

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size and mobility is awesome at #28. impressed with the pick. didn't even notice him before they picked him. skating is likely going to be great. size is a huge plus. he'll be up when staal (if staal) goes to carolina

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The last time the Rangers took the best skater in the draft, and a lot of people hated it while Jonathan loved it, he turned into Chris Kreider.

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06-22-2012, 11:18 PM
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As long as he's not Drizzt...I hate that ****er.
How could you hate Drizzt???

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Great stuff to start with given his size and skating and you have a few years to refine and shore up the other areas of his game.

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Would I have liked a forward who can score? Sure, they look better on paper. However, I also know that I am currently a 32 year old nurse who is looking forward to getting married in September. The Rangers have a bunch of people they employ whose job is to evaluate talent and draft the people they think will be the best fit for the organization for years to come. I'm not one of them. I'll defer to their expertise...

Welcome Brady Skjei!

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06-22-2012, 11:19 PM
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He's a good three years away I think. And to expect him to reach McDonagh's level is a bit much--which doesn't mean he can't be a very effective player. It seems he has some things to work on--but his size and skating are both excellent so there's a real framework to work with. Fill out some and get stronger--more aggressive. It sounds to me like he's going to be more of a stay at home and he's most effective when he keeps everything simple.

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He's a good three years away I think. And to expect him to reach McDonagh's level is a bit much--which doesn't mean he can't be a very effective player. It seems he has some things to work on--but his size and skating are both excellent so there's a real framework to work with. Fill out some and get stronger--more aggressive. It sounds to me like he's going to be more of a stay at home and he's most effective when he keeps everything simple.
He'll be a 3 year player, I think. Plus a year in the AHL. I'd say at least 4 years out unless he somehow develops exponentially (and with that size and speed it is a possibility).

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Extremely satisfied with the pick. Would have liked either him or Thrower from the D, and we got Skjei.

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FACT: We have a great young D core.
Disturbing fact: Somebody is either going to blow one of them away with an offer when it's possible, or we're going to have to move a guy because we're going to lose him or he's getting pushed out by a younger, cheaper guy.

It's good that we're already aquiring pieces to fix that.
Never a bad thing to be thinking like a chess player vs a checker player.

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Hmmm... reading the scouting report and considering how many d-men were picked in the first round, it sounds as if he should have been picked higher? He's an excellent skater with a great frame, and a two way game. How was he not picked earlier? What's the catch??? lol

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You guys have nothing to worry about with pronunciations. I have Butch Goring trying to say Lubimir
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I'm so excited that he's going to U of Minnesota. I'll be there in 2 years and will be able to watch an NYR prospect on a regular basis. I'll be giving you guys lots of updates when the time comes.

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He'll be a 3 year player, I think. Plus a year in the AHL. I'd say at least 4 years out unless he somehow develops exponentially (and with that size and speed it is a possibility).
Thats what most people projected for McIlrath, a 4 year time line. Im fine with it.

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This could have been so much worse. At least we didn't do something mildly retarded like Calgary did.

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