Discussion in 'New York Rangers' started by nevesis, Feb 9, 2018.
Ahhhh....you beat me to it.
I think Pionk has been the better player. He's the only one who I think should have a definite spot going into next season. Gilmour could very well earn a spot in my opinion. I'd be very close to getting rid of DeAngelo. Not been impressed, at all.
I can live with a guy that's weak-ish defensively if he's given a responsible partner that can help cover his mistakes, and maybe sheltered minutes and zone starts. That of course requires a coach that doesn't pull pairings and line combinations out of a hat. He looks like a guy that could thrive on the third pair with a steady partner, getting PP time and a lot of offensive starts.
I agree that Pionk has been very good and should be considered very likely to have a spot next season.
The rest--ADA, Gilmour, O'Gara, even Sproul and Bigras, should be given a fresh look with a new coach. As I've said previously, AV's system makes legitimate, established defenseman look like clowns at times, so these guys still learning the ropes have a real uphill battle. It doesn't help that a lot of these guys have come up when the ship first started springing leaks or was half underwater. There's something to be said for playing with the confidence developed through winning, or at least playing respectable hockey and not looking like ice dancers with sticks.
I think the team is going to have to choose two of Pionk, Gilmour, DeAngelo as part of the team going into next year. Maybe not discard the other, but send that player to the minors. Especially considering we already have Shatty, you can't have 4 of your 6 D be that small, in my opinion. Gotta have more of a balance. And even from an offense/defense perspective, Shatty, DeAngelo, Gilmour as 3 of the 6 is having 1/2 your defense can't really play NHL defense.
I don’t think Gilmour would claim waivers next year... with the way he’s playing some other GM will snap him up
He’s been real good with the puck and very confident for his experience level. He needs an effective and safe partner though to get the best out of him.
He really isn't as bad defensively as we're all making it sound.
The only times when his defensive play looks poor is when the opponent establishes control in the zone. But very often, he is the reason that that control doesn't occur in the first place.
He's been pretty clearly better than Pionk from what I've seen so far. Can he handle Pionk's usage? Maybe not. I don't think it would be a clear cut decision for any coach if he had to pick one to stay.
If it wasn't for ADA's higher end potential, I'd already have moved both ahead of him on the depth chart.
Very happy with Gilmour and Pionk's play.ADA shows flashes but otherwise hes just there.
He hasn't been better than Pionk.
Did you just catch overtime in the last match?
I'd say Pionk has been far better. Gilmour's been better than DeAngelo, though.
Why not try him on the fourth line wing?
I like Gilmour more than Pionk. Still he's smallish and like others, I don't want half the D corps to be his size. They're both really running with the opportunity and avoiding mistakes, which is great to see.
DeAngelo looks like a wizard sometimes but where are the points and the consistency? And where's the actual defense?
If I had to chose two of the three at this point, I take Gilmour and Pionk.
Agree with you on Gilmour. Another variable going into training camp is ADA will be subject to waivers--so, if he plays well in the fall, either Pionk or Gilmour could end up losing out because they are still waiver exempt
I've seen every game since they got called up, minus the first period of last game. Gilmour's weaknesses are more apparent, and that makes it look like Pionk is that much better.
When Gilmour gets the puck, it gets out of the zone and most times into the opponent's zone quickly and efficiently.
Only my opinion of course, but he has been the better of the three so far.
Gilmour has a nice ability to grab a loose puck in the neutral zone and in two shakes of a lambs tail, be face to face with the opposing goalie.
Its interesting that deangelo keeps getting the worst partners...
The Rangers should keep all (3) of these guys up next year. Skjei, Shattenkirk and Staal are the veterans.
It's not ideal but the team is rebuilding.
A lot of you guys would make bad jurors lol.
Your second pair is very concerning rebuild or not.
You think as a group Skjei-Pionk, Gilmour-Shattenkirk will be better than Skjei-Shattenkirk, Gilmour-Pionk?
I'm not concerned in the least. I'm sure the pairings will be mixed and matched over the course of a season. You really don't think those four won't see time with each other?
I like Gilmour. But all I see is a rich man’s version of Matt Gilroy. A useful player but should be upgraded.
Hard to say for sure regarding the Gilroy comparison. Too early.
Do you guys think Smith is done and buried forever in Hartford? I dont. If I am he, i bust my ass to get back to that Smitty guy that played like an animal in the PO's. If he does, that would present a very good and viable option defensively. Without Smith in the equation, Marc becomes that much more a necessity. Who knows, we may even have Hajek as another candidate. I believe he will surpass anyone of the 3 we already been talking about.
If anyone of the 3 (not named Marc) on the 3rd pairing proves they could be on the 2nd, then i would drop Shatty down to pair with Marc and just give the remaining kids more time. I'd keep ADA around as 7th, spelling Marc against lesser opponents.
Of course this is based on Smitty coming back with a vengeance. Okay, go ahead......rip me.
I agree with most of this.
Smith will try his damnsest to salvage his career imo and may pull it off.
Hajek is an outside possiblity but will likely start in Hartford. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him up at some point in the year though.