Rangers Rolling the Dice on Defense

sauerStu Hackel at SI.com looks at the biggest gambles going into the 2011-12 season and says this about the Rangers…

The Rangers, shedding their long-standing reputation for filling their roster with over-priced, underperforming free agents, may have gone too far the other way on their blueline. The organization’s top seven defensemen – Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Sauer, rookie Tim Erixon, Steve Eminger and Michael Del Zotto – average 23-1/2 years of age and 191 games (less than two-and-a-half full seasons) of NHL experience. They consider Staal an emerging All-Star, sophomore McDonagh might turn out to be even better, and most of the others have good upside potential. But none is an elite offensive defenseman. (Brad Richards may QB the power play; Del Zotto has been an adventure.) Fora team that wants to start making the big push upward in the East, the Rangers may, as a group, lack the poise and consistency for that task. There’s no stabilizing veteran in the mix — rookie Erixon seems like the lone addition — so they’re rolling the dice on these guys being able to make the next step.

…i will take talent over experience any day of the week. The defensive corps that is coming back played together virtually the entire season and picked up much needed playoff experience as well. For me, I’m way more concerned with the Rangers trying to generate enough offense than with needing a veteran presence on defense. Especially after seeing how little the McCabe acquisition influenced the team last year.

…what about you guys? Concerned the Rangers are too young on the blueline?

Eric Engles of CTV Montreal, who feels the Rangers have a ton of talent on the blueline, agrees with Hackel here and here.

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

Kevin

About Kevin

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

Rangers Rolling the Dice on Defense

sauerStu Hackel at SI.com looks at the biggest gambles going into the 2011-12 season and says this about the Rangers…

The Rangers, shedding their long-standing reputation for filling their roster with over-priced, underperforming free agents, may have gone too far the other way on their blueline. The organization’s top seven defensemen – Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Sauer, rookie Tim Erixon, Steve Eminger and Michael Del Zotto – average 23-1/2 years of age and 191 games (less than two-and-a-half full seasons) of NHL experience. They consider Staal an emerging All-Star, sophomore McDonagh might turn out to be even better, and most of the others have good upside potential. But none is an elite offensive defenseman. (Brad Richards may QB the power play; Del Zotto has been an adventure.) Fora team that wants to start making the big push upward in the East, the Rangers may, as a group, lack the poise and consistency for that task. There’s no stabilizing veteran in the mix — rookie Erixon seems like the lone addition — so they’re rolling the dice on these guys being able to make the next step.

…i will take talent over experience any day of the week. The defensive corps that is coming back played together virtually the entire season and picked up much needed playoff experience as well. For me, I’m way more concerned with the Rangers trying to generate enough offense than with needing a veteran presence on defense. Especially after seeing how little the McCabe acquisition influenced the team last year.

…what about you guys? Concerned the Rangers are too young on the blueline?

Eric Engles of CTV Montreal, who feels the Rangers have a ton of talent on the blueline, agrees with Hackel here and here.

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

Kevin

About Kevin

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

Quantcast