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Rangers assistant GM thinks 2012 first-rounder Skjei a lot like McDonagh

Dec 19, 2012, 10:50 PM EDT

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You could say the Rangers have a gem of a defenseman in Ryan McDonagh. What would you say if they had another blue liner just like him waiting in the wings?

That seemingly unfair possibility is true if one high-ranking member of the organization is right about the team’s 2012 first-round pick Brady Skjei as Katie Strang of ESPN-New York reports.

“I think that’s a fair comparison,” Rangers assistant general manager Jeff Gorton said. “He’s a tremendous skater, he has size and a lot of potential.”

That size comes from an 18 year-old who is 6’3″ and 200 pounds and his skating ability and speed is what makes him a likely member of this year’s Team USA World Junior Championships squad. With this year’s tournament in Russia on the larger, international-sized ice sheet, Skjei’s abilities will be put to the test in a big way.

Meanwhile, if Gorton’s high opinion pans out, you’re looking at a Rangers blue line that could have McDonagh, Skjei, Marc Staal, and Michael Del Zotto in the coming years. That might not be too bad.

For now, Skjei has his time with the University of Minnesota and playing for his country to worry about before potentially hitting Broadway.

  1. washburn1000 - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    You forgot Girardi

    • tfaltin - Dec 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      Has everyone given up on McIlrath? Could be a home-grown rugged depth defender.

  2. gmenfan1982 - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    I sure am missing watching the Rangers right now.

  3. sportsfan69 - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    I can’t wait for the World Juniors.

  4. jaredo10 - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    NO Bickel or Eminger mentioned ? How disrepectful. lol .. gmen i hear ya i miss me some Sam Rosen and Joe M

  5. rpiotr01 - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Figures – the Rangers build a team the right way and start to get good, and the league basically decides to blow itself up.

  6. broadstbully33 - Dec 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    What If all their contracts are nullified and none decide to return? Heartbreaking as the same would happen to the talent on the flyers offense

  7. danphipps01 - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Man, Rangers-Pens would’ve been a glorious playoff round – you know, if we had some of those this year. =/

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