Friday, January 29, 2010

Rangers NCAA Prospect Update

Leslie Treff at Hockey's Future looks at the Rangers eight prospects currently playing college hockey including Ryan McDonagh (obtained in Gomez trade), Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider among others...

Ryan McDonagh, Age 20
Acquired: 6/30/09 Trade with Montreal (1st Round, 12th overall 2007)

On the top pairing for the University of Wisconsin with an Anaheim Ducks top prospect Jake Gardiner, junior blueliner McDonagh is a two-way defenseman who is not afraid to take the body and protect teammates. Named a tri-captain for the season, McDonagh has an excellent competitive fire and knows how to lead. In what is widely thought to be his final season as a Badger, McDonagh is second among defensemen in total points on the team with 12 (3 goals, 9 assists).

McDonagh is expected to compete for a Rangers roster spot out of camp next season, however, is more likely to spend the campaign in Hartford.

...taking the body! Protecting teammates! Competitive fire! Can the Rangers somehow find a loophole to bring this kid up to the big club right now?

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