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He's being compared to... Chris Chelios in this article! :o

I got goose bumps reading that. The comparison is really quite interesting. The more I find out about this pick the more I'm excited about McDonagh.

There was another article (might be this one) posted in the draft thread that said he "has a nasty side to him" and shows "tremendous grit".

And as if that wasn't enough "probably his greatest asset is his speed for a guy his size"

Sounds like Chelly to me. :)

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He's being compared to... Chris Chelios in this article! :o

I thought that comparing him to Dan Boyle was already setting the standards hights but Chelios? :lol:

I hope he will do good, bu how can you know from an 18 year old kid?

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I was happy with the pick. Only thing with a lot of these Americans is you never know how far off they are. With Canadian junior league players, you know that generally in 1 or 2 seasons they will be with you or your farm team. With Americans choosing to attend college it seems a bit more random of when they'll show up.

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I was happy with the pick. Only thing with a lot of these Americans is you never know how far off they are. With Canadian junior league players, you know that generally in 1 or 2 seasons they will be with you or your farm team. With Americans choosing to attend college it seems a bit more random of when they'll show up.

If we use the Chris Chelios model you're looking at 2010 before you see this guy regularly on the lineup.

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If we use the Chris Chelios model you're looking at 2010 before you see this guy regularly on the lineup.

fine by me if he plays til his mid forties with us !! lol

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im very excited to see him down the road.

i totally called it ! i cant find the post though!!!! jigger saw it...

lol I saw it too I'll testify for you

from what I've read of McDonagh he seems to be a mix of Markov and Komisarek (comparing him to guys we have now) Good defensivley like Markov, good passing but has the size of Komi and not afraid to check someone.

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I did read up on McDonagh a bit before the draft, and apparently there were many teams that had him in the top ten, and there were also many teams who had him as the best d-man available.

Bob said in his interview after the pick that he was willing to trade up to get into the top ten to get Ryan, but nobody wanted to trade their pick for Bob's 12th overall and a 2nd or 3rd rounder! You could tell in the interview that Bob was excited to get Ryan. This makes me very excited too!

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im very glad to here this i hope he works out for us in the next few years.

i can't wait for our defensive lineup in 4-5 years

Markov-Mcdonagh

Komisarek-O'byrne

Yemlin-Fischer

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im very glad to here this i hope he works out for us in the next few years.

i can't wait for our defensive lineup in 4-5 years

Markov-Mcdonagh

Komisarek-O'byrne

Yemlin-Fischer

Markov-Komisarek is ok

McDonagh-O'Byrne or Subban

Fischer-Valentenko or Yemelin

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This is a report by Max Giese who is a scout, he ranked him fourth over all and the best Dman available.

4. D Ryan McDonagh, 6-1 205, 6-13-1989, Cretin- Durham Minnesota High School, 26 gp – 14 g – 26 a – 40 points.

++ Huge upside, soft hands, good skater, creative

+ Physical, smart

- Needs to prove himself at higher levels.

The best defenseman eligible this year, Ryan McDonagh possesses special ability both with or without the puck. A University of Wisconsin recruit, Ryan was named Mr. Hockey for the top player in Minnesota this season. He is the most complete defenseman in this draft and has terrific upside at both ends of the rink. McDonagh is a swift skater with nimble feet and a quick stride with a very impressive burst of power behind it. His acceleration is especially impressive and he also possesses a great top gear. His agility is superb for a big man as he can twist and turn at top speeds all the while maintaining possession of the puck. Ryan is blessed with exceptional hands and is creative with the puck as he’ll stick handle around the opposition with dangles that look they are coming from a first line forward. He’s composed with the puck, he sees the ice well, and makes a heads up first pass. Ryan is an instinctive passer and also displays impressive creativity while quarterbacking the power play. His hockey sense is superb and he seems to read the play one step quicker than his peers. He has the size and strength a long with an adequate physical edge to be a physical one on one defender. Ryan maintains a healthy gap with his man at all times and because of his swift mobility he can stay with anyone one on one. McDonagh also has exceptional stick work and defensive positioning to make him a formidable defender. He competes hard every night and while he’s already a complete defenseman, there is also tons of upside here and several years from now he will turn out to be the best defenseman taken in the 2007 draft.

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This is a report by Max Giese who is a scout, he ranked him fourth over all and the best Dman available.

4. D Ryan McDonagh, 6-1 205, 6-13-1989, Cretin- Durham Minnesota High School, 26 gp – 14 g – 26 a – 40 points.

++ Huge upside, soft hands, good skater, creative

+ Physical, smart

- Needs to prove himself at higher levels.

The best defenseman eligible this year, Ryan McDonagh possesses special ability both with or without the puck. A University of Wisconsin recruit, Ryan was named Mr. Hockey for the top player in Minnesota this season. He is the most complete defenseman in this draft and has terrific upside at both ends of the rink. McDonagh is a swift skater with nimble feet and a quick stride with a very impressive burst of power behind it. His acceleration is especially impressive and he also possesses a great top gear. His agility is superb for a big man as he can twist and turn at top speeds all the while maintaining possession of the puck. Ryan is blessed with exceptional hands and is creative with the puck as he’ll stick handle around the opposition with dangles that look they are coming from a first line forward. He’s composed with the puck, he sees the ice well, and makes a heads up first pass. Ryan is an instinctive passer and also displays impressive creativity while quarterbacking the power play. His hockey sense is superb and he seems to read the play one step quicker than his peers. He has the size and strength a long with an adequate physical edge to be a physical one on one defender. Ryan maintains a healthy gap with his man at all times and because of his swift mobility he can stay with anyone one on one. McDonagh also has exceptional stick work and defensive positioning to make him a formidable defender. He competes hard every night and while he’s already a complete defenseman, there is also tons of upside here and several years from now he will turn out to be the best defenseman taken in the 2007 draft.

^^ I like the sound of that!

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This is a report by Max Giese who is a scout, he ranked him fourth over all and the best Dman available.

4. D Ryan McDonagh, 6-1 205, 6-13-1989, Cretin- Durham Minnesota High School, 26 gp – 14 g – 26 a – 40 points.

++ Huge upside, soft hands, good skater, creative

+ Physical, smart

- Needs to prove himself at higher levels.

The best defenseman eligible this year, Ryan McDonagh possesses special ability both with or without the puck. A University of Wisconsin recruit, Ryan was named Mr. Hockey for the top player in Minnesota this season. He is the most complete defenseman in this draft and has terrific upside at both ends of the rink. McDonagh is a swift skater with nimble feet and a quick stride with a very impressive burst of power behind it. His acceleration is especially impressive and he also possesses a great top gear. His agility is superb for a big man as he can twist and turn at top speeds all the while maintaining possession of the puck. Ryan is blessed with exceptional hands and is creative with the puck as he’ll stick handle around the opposition with dangles that look they are coming from a first line forward. He’s composed with the puck, he sees the ice well, and makes a heads up first pass. Ryan is an instinctive passer and also displays impressive creativity while quarterbacking the power play. His hockey sense is superb and he seems to read the play one step quicker than his peers. He has the size and strength a long with an adequate physical edge to be a physical one on one defender. Ryan maintains a healthy gap with his man at all times and because of his swift mobility he can stay with anyone one on one. McDonagh also has exceptional stick work and defensive positioning to make him a formidable defender. He competes hard every night and while he’s already a complete defenseman, there is also tons of upside here and several years from now he will turn out to be the best defenseman taken in the 2007 draft.

Those are some pretty sparkling accolades ;) no wonder gainey was giddy (and surprised) to get him with the 12th pick.

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