Fail To Replace Yandle’s Skill Set
No, you’re not going to completely fill the void left by Yandle, but Gorton needs to make sure that he fills that skill set.
If you think about it, the Rangers weren’t taking full advantage of Yandle’s skill set until about January of this past season.
That’s when Alain Vigneault, Jeff Gorton, or whoever was making the boneheaded call of placing Yandle on the second power play unit, smartened up.
While you would never would have described the Rangers’ power play as dangerous, it certainly improved with Yandle on the first unit.
He also scored the clutch goal from time to time.
If Gorton doesn’t hatch a plan to fill Yandle’s offensive/defensive style, the Rangers would be in big trouble moving forward. While Brady Skjei has offensive upside, he has a tendency of being a bit behind the play.
A player like Dallas Stars defenseman Jason Demers could help to slow the bleeding on the blue line while not significantly impacting the Rangers’ cap situation.