Defense- left side top pairing
Games Played: 77
Shots on goal: 177
Blocked shots: 131
Penalties In Minutes (PIMs): 36
Average Time On Ice (TOI): 24:49
Ryan McDonagh’s strength is playing hockey. Every time his blades hit the ice he is there for a reason and plays with determination. He gives nothing less than 110% in every game. He plays the puck hard, he has a complete north-south game, and he is the total package defenseman for the New York Rangers. Some credit must go to Dan Girardi because a defenseman is nothing without the proper partner. We know he is tough as nails, look how he stands up to Alex Ovechkin and throws hits right back at him. He never quits on the play and never gives up on a game. He is young, but far from inexperienced. We have seen a huge growth in his playmaking, his presence on the ice, and every aspect of his game. In his three years at the NHL level, he set a career high in points this season.
When you figure this out please let me know because I haven’t got a clue! One could say he’s a little light on hitting or finishing his checks but he plays in a different groove than most others on the team.
Post Season Prediction:
Once McDonagh returns to the line-up look for the “MacTruck” we have seen all year. Missing the end of the season will turn him into a player possessed. He will be on a mission and ready to take his revenge on anyone in his way. He is going to have a bit of a slow restart, only a matter of conditioning. He will be right back to his normal level after the first game.