At ESPN NY, Katie Strang asked Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton about 2012 first rounder Brady Skjei and Gorton said that it is “fair” to compare Skjei and Ryan McDonagh. Gorton said of Skjei, “he’s a tremendous skater, he has size and a lot of potential.”
Skjei said that McDonagh’s style of play is what Skjei models his own game after “We’re both good-skating defensemen who can move the puck and if I can be half as good as him I’ll be happy. He’s a guy I’d like to play like and hopefully someday I can play like him.”
Skjei says that he expects a lot of himself and thinks that he can play a shutdown role with his offensive game developing later on.
In a chat with the Rangers website, Skjei said that he would love to play like McDonagh and appreciates how McDonagh not only blocks shots on defense but also has the skill to get the puck to the net in the offensive zone.
Skjei , during Rangers prospect camp, said that he has a chip on his shoulder from being one of the last cuts for Team USA at the World Juniors last year, was focused on being a shutdown guy last season at Minnesota but thinks he can play a solid-two way game at both ends of the ice.
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