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Which rookie defensemen and how many will make the team?

View Poll Results: Which rookie d-men will make the team?
Gilroy 124 77.02%
Del Zotto 37 22.98%
Sanguinetti 29 18.01%
Sauer 38 23.60%
Potter 41 25.47%
Heikkinen 37 22.98%
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07-29-2009, 10:15 AM
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Which rookie defensemen and how many will make the team?

So right now we find ourselves in quite a predicament. As it stands, we have two open spots for rookies and we still need a 7th. Who will make the team? Will 2 rookies make the team and the 3rd one be carried as a 7th? Here are the cap hits for the possible rookies.

Matt Gilroy $1,750,000
Michael Del Zotto $1,087,500
Ilkka Heikkinen $875,000
Bobby Sanguinetti $855,000
Mike Sauer $846,666
Corey Potter $550,000

Oops, for thread title meant which rookie d-men.

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07-29-2009, 10:20 AM
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gilroy has his spot to lose, and i think sangs has the best chances for the last one. heikkinen and sauer are the next two with decent chances, all others have to really really impress at camp.
and it will be 2 rookie dman for #5 and #6. and maybe potter or heikkinen as #7, all others i can't see taking that spot, wouldn't make sense. but it could very well be that sather brings in a cheap veteran as #7 (chelios?)

so all in all, i have pretty much no idea, only some early favorites imo

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I went with Gilroy and Heikkinen

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I went with Gilroy and Heikkinen
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They're the most physically matured of the bunch


clicked 3 because I thought it included forwards

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I went with 2; Gilroy and DZ

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gilroy has his spot to lose
Why do people keep saying this? What is it about a 25-year old defenseman who's never played a lick of professional hockey that makes him a lock in the NHL?

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07-29-2009, 11:40 AM
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MDZ and Gilroy

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Why do people keep saying this? What is it about a 25-year old defenseman who's never played a lick of professional hockey that makes him a lock in the NHL?
He was the hobey baker award winner? and if you watched any of Boston's games last year, you would see that he has the talent to play in the NHL


Not saying hes a lock for a position though, but he could play this year in the nhl IMO


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Gilroy and Sauer.

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I went with Gilroy and Heikkinen
I think it goes to Heikkinen and Gilroy too.....if they carry a 7th then Potter

Sanguinetti , Sauer, Kundratek, Williams in Harftford. Great depth!

DelZotto, McDonaugh should just dominate the juniors for one more year. No need to rush with so many great options already

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I'm with Squishy here...

He may play in the NHL for us next year but a spot to lose? Really? Again, that MAY be the case but I'm just shocked by that.

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Gilroy and then MDZ.

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Gilroy and Sauer.
Agreed. I also don't think we're carrying 7 d-men this year. We'll be too close to the cap and it won't be necessary unless we go on a long road trip.

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Why do people keep saying this? What is it about a 25-year old defenseman who's never played a lick of professional hockey that makes him a lock in the NHL?
I think there are a few reasons for it.

1) Rumors were that Torts requested him after having coached him
2) He was a highly sought after UFA, so he must have something GMs like
3) He was (reportedly) the best player on a championship NCAA team, and in all of NCAA hockey since he won the Hobey Baker
4) He received pretty high praise for his showing in development camp

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article...t_camp_review/

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Standouts among the defensemen were Gilroy, Heikkinen, Kundratek, and Dowzak. Gilroy is very fast, confident with the puck, and sees the lanes very well. He can move the puck quickly, but doesn’t panic with it. His passes are accurate and he also has a good shot. The combination of Gilroy’s offensive skills with his solid play in his own zone made Gilroy very impressive this week.
This is Adam Rotter's take on what Leslie wrote:

http://www.snyrangersblog.com/2009/0...t-camp-review/

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The reports from the beat writers were not nearly as critical of Del Zotto as this was. Then again, they also had this whole free agency thing going on around them. This was really the start of training for next season for most of the prospects, most hadn’t been skating much since their season ended, so a little rustiness should be expected. Nonetheless, with a report like this, Del Zotto would really have to impress the Rangers to make the team out of camp. Gilroy seems like a lock to make the team.

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Why do people keep saying this? What is it about a 25-year old defenseman who's never played a lick of professional hockey that makes him a lock in the NHL?
Honestly.

Sauer and Sanguinetti.

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Guys, I haven't seen Gilroy play at all, so I figured I'd ask here: what makes him any different than Mike Mottau? We hyped Mottau quite a bit when he came out of college, and expected him to be a solid player for us, which he never was. How are you guys so sure Gilroy won't have the same issues next year?

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i voted 2...MDZ and Sauer

it was a toss up for me with Sauer or Potter

ever since I read what graves said about MDZ Im hoping he makes the team...the more time he spends on the PP now the better..it will only make us nastier in the future

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Not sure why people are as down on Potter as they are but he should have made the team last preseason as he was better than 3 of the d-men who actually made the team. He came up and got some experience and played pretty well. I think he will be on the bottom pairing.

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Gilroy and Potts

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I voted Gilroy and Sauer. I thought that Gilroy was a lock just based on how much money Sather threw at him. I figure that Sather wouldn't pay him that much if he didn't think he'd play on the big club.

Seems that there's nearly a 4 way tie between MDZ, Sauer, Potter, and Heikkinen.

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I voted Gilroy and Sauer. I thought that Gilroy was a lock just based on how much money Sather threw at him. I figure that Sather wouldn't pay him that much if he didn't think he'd play on the big club.

Seems that there's nearly a 4 way tie between MDZ, Sauer, Potter, and Heikkinen
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Yeah. Its insane. Looks like it's going to be a tough choice for Torts/Sather.

(It's a good thing).

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I think because of his salary Potter will definitely be on this team

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Gilory is so overrated on here it's bordering on ridiculous.

Potter and Sauer for me.

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There is a lack of love for Sanguinetti. I voted for him and Sauer. I recall Squishy saying that his play improved throughout last year and he was pretty solid by the end.

I think Gilroy's salary might hold him back. All things being equal, his salary is almost twice as much as others. So if push comes to shove I could see him starting in Hartford.

Regarding Del Zotto - he'll have to really surpass all other choices to make the team. Because if a Hartford player stumbles, you can send him down and call up another one. But if MdZ makes the team, I think after 10 games they'd be stuck with him throughout the season. So they have to be VERY sure that he is ready for a full NHL season of 82 games plus playoffs. Quite a bit of risk there, and we have other choices.

Wonderful problem to have - too many potential quality rookie defensemen. I think it really is a toss-up, any one of the guys could take the "next step" this summer and will be ready to play in the NHL.

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Gilory is so overrated on here it's bordering on ridiculous.
I feel the same way. I honestly dont know what to expect from the kid, because i havent even seen him play. Just because they give him a contract and there are some expectations forhim to make the lineup means nothing to me.

Im hoping he'll be there... but even then- hes never played a full 82 game schedule, let alone at the NHL level...

so all i ask is to temper the enthusiasm with this kid. Temper it. Because we really have no idea.

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