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New York Rangers: Brady Skjei, Not Dylan McIlrath, Is Better Replacement For Ryan McDonagh

Julie Jacobson, AP
Julie Jacobson, AP

Although the New York Rangers finally clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, captain Ryan McDonagh‘s injury is troublesome.

By Robby Sabo

It only took the New York Rangers three times to clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Thankfully, only three times.

Not so thankful is the feeling of doubt surrounding the captain.

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In the first period of the Blueshirts’ 4-2 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets a night ago, captain Ryan McDonagh got banged up. He blocked a Brandon Dubinsky shot with his right hand, immediately showing signs of trouble while scaring the collective pants off of all of Rangerstown.

Although he remained on the bench for the rest of the period, he did not return for the second. An update on his status has not yet been provided.

Immediately and naturally, Dylan McIlrath becomes the hot name, for, of course, he’d the be the guy to fill in for an injured McDonagh (should he miss time).

Not so fast.

The Rangers other youngster, Brady Skjei, is the man for this specific job.

There are many reasons. Check it out:


Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]jetsxfactor.com