At Dobber Hockey, Jeff Angus writes that Ryan McDonagh could be a sleeper player this season when it comes to his offensive output.
He writes that with the Rangers coaching change, McDonagh could develop into the kind of player that Alex Edler has become. Angus writes that Alain Vigneault likes to develop roles for his players and could allow McDonagh to “flourish” by starting him in the offensive zone, power play time and a lot of minutes.
Angus predicts that the future not only holds Norris Trophy conversations for McDonagh but also 50 point seasons.
John Tortorella said during the playoffs that McDonagh is more than just a shut down defenseman and that he made a mistake in not putting McDonagh on the power play more.
In 11-12, McDonagh had 7 goals and 25 assists in 82 games and last season he had 4 goals and 15 assists in 47 games. In the playoffs last year, McDonagh had one goal and three assists.
During the Regular Season last year, McDonagh averaged 38 seconds per game on the PP and had one assist. During the playoffs last year, McDonagh averaged 46 seconds on the power play.