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

The More Skilled Player

Whether you’re a blind Dylan McIlrath lover, or an ignorant McIlrath basher, there’s a certain reality here that must be realized.


Brady Skjei is just a more talented player than McIlrath.

When and if McDonagh is lost for any extended period of time, the organization will most definitely want to go with the more talented youngster who has the higher ceiling. This is Skjei, not McIlrath.

Don’t be confused though. McIlrath – despite what the bashers want to say – does provide surprising skill. Aside from McDonagh, he might be the best Ranger defenseman when it comes to getting a shot through the defense and on net. He’s also been very effective in the passing game, especially with the first transitional pass.

Still though, McIlrath has an upside to be a third pairing defneseman, while Skjei has potential (if things break right) to be a top-tiered guy.


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