You laugh but as I stated after the draft the rangers are high on him. He is a good sized big man Who. Is tough ..
Yeah, there is a fine line between a player like Mashinter on one side and the similar guys in LA everyone loves or even say Bickell in Chicago. None of these guys can do anything by themselves in the NHL. If you see Mashinter on the ice in a role where he doesn't get involved at all, you can bank on that neither would a Nolan or Bickell or Cliford. They need to be put in an environment that enables them to get involved.
Mashinter still got some ways to go. Many complain on us not getting a PF. But this is the problem with a PF, Mashinter is more or less the "second best" PF. Besides the established PFs, you get a Mashinter. He is good at what he does. Can you use it? That is the big question.
Yea, unfortunately for Mashinter, Prust and Dorsett can actually skate.
Exactly. Like I mentioned earlier, the team might be high on him but as of now he's just not a good enough skater to be a regular NHL player. He's too slow to get in on the forecheck, and lacks the agility to line up hits on the quicker NHL players. A one year deal simply means they're looking for a major improvement this year or they're likely to cut him loose.
I'd like to see the kid succeed. We could use a guy like him in the lineup on a regular basis. However, he really needs to take his skating to another level to hope to make it as a NHL regular.