Jeff Beukeboom was on the Rangers Blue Line Podcast recently and spoke about Brady Skjei, saying that in the few games he played in Hartford last year “you could see the raw talent.”
Beukeboom said that his skating reminds people of Ryan McDonagh’s and that you could almost think they were twins if they were on the ice at the same time.
Gordie Clark said that Skjei is “going to push people” but that he may be like McDonagh and need to play half a season, or more, in the AHL.(NYR)
Clark added, He said that he wouldn’t be surprised if Skjei gets called up a couple of times by the Rangers and that he has a “strong defensive game” and he will show that with his skating ability and how he reads the play.” (NYR)
Skjei played top pairing minutes for Minnesota this past year and was a key penalty killer. He is a “great shutdown defenseman” and “skates like the wind.” Skjei has good vision, makes a good first pass and has the potential to put up some offensive numbers.