McD Biggest Surprise of the Season

mcdonagh4Bruce Berlett at CTWhale.com has this quote from Rangers New York Rangers assistant coach/assistant general manager and Connecticut Whale GM Jim Schoenfeld on Ryan McDonagh…

“There were some games where he was tentative physically and a little tentative with the puck,” Schoenfeld said. “Then every time I would come back and watch them (in Hartford), he would look a little better and a little more comfortable. Then two weeks later, he would be more assertive to the point where when we needed a defenseman, there wasn’t even a question.

“When he came up, he just continued his growth and was the biggest surprise of the season as far as where he ended up because defense is a very difficult position. Experience is a very valuable teacher for all players, but especially for defensemen, and he didn’t have the luxury of time to gain the experience. It was partway through the season that he was cast into a very important role in New York, and I thought he acquitted himself very well.”

…there were plenty of pleasant surprises this season, but for me the biggest was the way the rookies assimilated into the NHL environment so quickly. It is so impressive how Stepan, McD, Sauer and MZA were able to have so much success so quickly. Now we have to hope there’s no let down next season. We’ve already seen sophomore slumps from Dubinsky and Del Zotto, so let’s hope the Rangers have learned how to bring rookies along even further during their second season.

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McD Biggest Surprise of the Season

mcdonagh4Bruce Berlett at CTWhale.com has this quote from Rangers New York Rangers assistant coach/assistant general manager and Connecticut Whale GM Jim Schoenfeld on Ryan McDonagh…

“There were some games where he was tentative physically and a little tentative with the puck,” Schoenfeld said. “Then every time I would come back and watch them (in Hartford), he would look a little better and a little more comfortable. Then two weeks later, he would be more assertive to the point where when we needed a defenseman, there wasn’t even a question.

“When he came up, he just continued his growth and was the biggest surprise of the season as far as where he ended up because defense is a very difficult position. Experience is a very valuable teacher for all players, but especially for defensemen, and he didn’t have the luxury of time to gain the experience. It was partway through the season that he was cast into a very important role in New York, and I thought he acquitted himself very well.”

…there were plenty of pleasant surprises this season, but for me the biggest was the way the rookies assimilated into the NHL environment so quickly. It is so impressive how Stepan, McD, Sauer and MZA were able to have so much success so quickly. Now we have to hope there’s no let down next season. We’ve already seen sophomore slumps from Dubinsky and Del Zotto, so let’s hope the Rangers have learned how to bring rookies along even further during their second season.

Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.

Kevin

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If you have any questions e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.

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