Boy, he looks to be a keeper. He was a revelation when he came up last year and THIS year he just oozes confidence - already he's gone from undrafted, to best D at HFD, to a surprise 6th D on the big club, to now (IMO) already a legit top 4.
Im all for this kid Girardi. he is going to be some thing else in this league. For his second year and first full season, what can i say but the kid looks like a seasoned veteran player. Very impressive. If he picks up an offensive game,well NYR might have a found that #1 pairing defenseman they need. Plus, if he gets more physical, at times i could see him being a future captain of this team. this kids upside seems like it dont have a limit and im completly hyped about him. As he went un drafted and noticed, blows my mind. What a miss for all these teams.
This to me is really a case of the scouts blowing it. He's not a late bloomer or anything - even on the knights he was our best defensive player during the Mem Cup year.
I never understood what the "experts" knew that the rest of us didn't.
defensive players dont seem to sell in the draft its all about offensive minded players who can score, well we now see that all aint true. A id like DG is hard to come by, just matured so quickly its amazing.
It was a great shot. He's not going to be an offensive-minded d-man..at least I don't think..but he takes alot of shots and will definitely take chances on offense when he gets them. I always like to see that in d-men.
Girardi is one player I am willing to admit I completely missed the boat on.
Didn't see anything special in juniors.
Wasn't wowed in Hartford
But the kid is just a flat out smart defensive defenseman.
Him and Staal are two guys who look like they could spend a lot of years just playing solid, shut-down defense. They won't attract a ton of attention because they aren't scorers, fighters or knock a guy out of crease defenseman. But they just know how to play the puck.