evolution of Ryan McDonagh continues and with each passing game the 22-year-old
defender takes his game to another level for the New York Rangers. Last week I took a look at how far McDonagh
has come since last year at this time and that he
has developed into a top caliber defender that has made the loss of Marc
Staal significantly less noticeable than many would have expected. Last night was another example of how
McDonagh not only is taking on the challenge of filling the huge void Marc
Staal’s absence leaves on the blue line defensively, but his offense is
evolving. When discussing his offense
last week I wrote:
McDonagh is still a work in progress, but he is gaining in confidence.
The confidence shows itself in him having less hesitation to shoot the puck or
even join the rush. Joining the rush got the Rangers in trouble in the
first game when he was called for a phantom penalty in the offensive zone, but
the aggressiveness is somethin...