I was hoping he could finally show everyone how ****ing amazing he is at the Olympics, but he's probably going to be stuck with some trash partner there too (not actually trash, just not... very good defensively)
Now I'd be remiss to just give McDonagh all the credit. We've held Crosby out of the G column for almost four calender years. For a streak like that credit has to go to Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, the rest of the D, and Henrik Lundqvist as well.
But for the last 3 seasons the top guys on the other team have been McDonagh's assignments consistently, and the stats don't lie: the goal production of the top players in the NHL against the Rangers has clearly trended downward since around the time McDonagh broke in.
I know we can't live in fantasy land, but I think we can all agree that our D would have been unreal with McDonagh along with Sauer and pre-injuries Staal. Will always feel bad for Sauer. Staal looks like a different player, too. A shame for those two guys, especially with both being so young.