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12-14-2010, 10:45 AM
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Brandon Prust might be one of our most valuable players...

In terms of value to the team, I think Brandon Prust is way up there. He is a legit middleweight, one of the better ones in the league, who can forecheck with the best of them, and has very good hockey sense for a guy who doesnt have the best hands. Personally this is a guy I would think about including when we talk about our "core"...a guy id like to see in Ranger blue for a long time. I cant remember the last time we had a guy like this...I mean Ryan Hollweg was an OK fighter, but was a detriment to the team because of his constant bad penalties and inability to play the actual game of hockey. Prust is a legit 3rd-4th liner in the NHL who brings his A game every single night, can kill penalties, almost never takes bad penalties, hits, fights....love this kid...easily the best player in the Jokinen deal imho.

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I thank Calgary every time he takes a shift. If I was building a cup-contender tomorrow, I would want him on it. (Assuming you're not able to just load it up with all-stars.)

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I am grateful for Prust…. I’m so over Orr now…. Thank you Brandon….

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Toughness in a player who can also play a regular shift is invaluable... much more than what appears in the stat sheet. Prust reminds me of Kris King and Matt Barnaby in that regard. It's not an easy combo to find.

It's a different position, but it's why I welcomed picking McIlrath last summer. It'd be nice to have that "Prust" kind of edge on the backline as well, which we've been missing since the days of Jeff Beukeboom & Jay Wells.


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Its an interesting topic. Whats more important a perfect 4th liner or an ordinary secondary scorer?

Prust has been the most consistently hard working player on this team, even more than Cally. He brings life to the team no doubt about it. He is a willing and damn good fighter.

Having said that his hands are atrocious. The good news is that as the season is going on hes learning what he has to do more and more and his lack of hands is becoming less noticeable.

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12-14-2010, 11:17 AM
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WOW I said this at the beging of the season and was blasted. You guys need to really give credit to old school Muckers more often and this kid is a perfect example of a coach getting the best out of a player. Prust s gaining more confidence every game

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Callahan will not win the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award. The two-time winner will lose out to Brandon Prust this year. He's been Awesome!

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Brandon Prust 32 games 4 goals 8 assists +4
Olli Jokinen 28 games 4 goals 8 assists -7

It still blows my mind that Sutter re-signed Jokinen.

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Great role player, but belongs on our 4th line next season....

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I thank Calgary every time he takes a shift. If I was building a cup-contender tomorrow, I would want him on it. (Assuming you're not able to just load it up with all-stars.)
What a steal of trade by Sather.. I have no idea how he persuades other GM's to make trades..

Getting rid of the Kotalik salary and then getting Prust and a rental in Jokinen last year was pure genius.

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+ he's valuable on the PK.

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Prust doesn't have all the skills that Adam Graves had but that's the player more than any other he reminds me of. He doesn't have great hands but what he does have is great hockey sense and is great at doing the grunt work. He also sticks up for his teammates the way Adam did. Prust was a wonderful addition to our team last year and Sutter was a moron for letting him go. I don't what the hell he could have been thinking.

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Prust doesn't have all the skills that Adam Graves had but that's the player more than any other he reminds me of. He doesn't have great hands but what he does have is great hockey sense and is great at doing the grunt work. He also sticks up for his teammates the way Adam did. Prust was a wonderful addition to our team last year and Sutter was a moron for letting him go. I don't what the hell he could have been thinking.
More then Graves Prust is a Kris King Player. he fights he hits and he is a amazing teammate. Kris King was all of this and more.

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He's good for a fourth liner, like a better Hollweg.

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When the trade first happened I said he would be the best player in the trade and that we as fans would come to love watching him play. The guy is all guts and heart. His teammates love him and he 100% deserves to be in the Rangers core. Its not easy to find a player who can play the game and fight well while not taking dumb penalties.

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He's good for a fourth liner, like a better Hollweg.
I was gonna say the same thing. He's like a Hollweg who isn't a moron on the ice.

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I remember his first shift as a Ranger and that's when I fell in love with his game. Hasn't changed since.

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He's good for a fourth liner, like a better Hollweg.
Wayyyyyy better than Hollweg. At least Prust can think with his head and put the puck in the net occasionally.

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Wayyyyyy better than Hollweg. At least Prust can think with his head and put the puck in the net occasionally.
Yes. waaaaayyyyyyyy better.

Much value in a guy who has opposition defensemen flinching every time they go into the corner.

we needed this

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When the trade first happened I said he would be the best player in the trade and that we as fans would come to love watching him play. The guy is all guts and heart. His teammates love him and he 100% deserves to be in the Rangers core. Its not easy to find a player who can play the game and fight well while not taking dumb penalties.
totally agree with that statement....especially the dumb penalties...its rare to find players who can walk that tightrope so well, and Prust is a master at it...you almost NEVER see him take stupid penalties. He's only taken 8 minor penalties this season in 32 games played. That's remarkable considering he has 70 hits and is such a demon on the forecheck.

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Wayyyyyy better than Hollweg. At least Prust can think with his head and put the puck in the net occasionally.
agreed...I mean if you compare Hollweg and Prust heres how i would go.

Speed: Even
Fighting: Prust
Forechecking: Even (maybe Edge Prust)
Defensive awareness: Prust
Offensive awareness: Prust
Hitting: Hollweg
Hockey Sense: Prust
Hands: Even
Board Play: Prust



pretty much every other metric would be Prust.


if he could work o

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In terms of value to the team, I think Brandon Prust is way up there. He is a legit middleweight, one of the better ones in the league, who can forecheck with the best of them, and has very good hockey sense for a guy who doesnt have the best hands. Personally this is a guy I would think about including when we talk about our "core"...a guy id like to see in Ranger blue for a long time. I cant remember the last time we had a guy like this...I mean Ryan Hollweg was an OK fighter, but was a detriment to the team because of his constant bad penalties and inability to play the actual game of hockey. Prust is a legit 3rd-4th liner in the NHL who brings his A game every single night, can kill penalties, almost never takes bad penalties, hits, fights....love this kid...easily the best player in the Jokinen deal imho.
Agree. Great pickup by Slats. Calgary and Phoenix didnt give him enough of a chance. Hes really showing it in NY and his style of play really fits this city and team concept.

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More then Graves Prust is a Kris King Player. he fights he hits and he is a amazing teammate. Kris King was all of this and more.
except Kris King would always shoot high and wide!

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Wayyyyyy better than Hollweg. At least Prust can think with his head and put the puck in the net occasionally.
Brandon Prust already has as many points this season than Hollweg did his entire career as a Ranger. On pace for 30 pts. That is the ideal amount of production you want to see out of a 4th liner. I could ask for just a little more from a 3rd liner but not bad production either. Way better than Hollweg. Hollweg had lots of negative aspects to his game which detracted from his few contributions. Prust is all positives.

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except Kris King would always shoot high and wide!
haha yeah he would...

great comparison, though... he was a good Ranger from the early days of my fandom!

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