I'm big fan of Staal but even I have to admit he's overrated. Watching McDonagh and Girardi, you can clearly see that Staal isn't as good. Now maybe that is because he wasn't all the way back from that concussion. Who knows. I do know that I felt more comfortable with McDonagh and Girardi on the ice than Staal.
I wouldn't count on Sauer, I think its highly unlikely he ever suits up again. They still need another FA dman who can shoot like Foster/Campoli. Bickel should not be getting big minutes, he's barely above an AHL level. I don't why they're penciling him in as a 5th/6th guy.
I definitely think Sauer will be back. He's young. He can come back from this. These deals take a long time for some players.
Dmac was drafted as a project. A lot of big guys get their skating questioned. Dmac had some questions about his skating before the draft. Since then I have heard many positive reports about how much his skating has improved especially in the last season. He has good speed for a guy his size. I have spoken to a guy that is probably the WHL expert on hockey boards. He has raved about Dmac. I think Dmac is going to be a force for the Rangers. My only concern has been his multiple knee/leg injuries.
He tends to take huge runs at forwards, when they see him at the last minute it results in leg on leg deals. I have never had any doubts about McIlrath. He's a lot better prospect than Thomas. Honestly, it's not even close.
St. Croix got his ELC, just wanted to let you guys know :)
Wow! Don't believe I missed this forum, must of been on vacation. My pick for biggest bust/over rated prospect is Bourque. As far as the side discussion. McDonagh was/has been as good as advertised( when we got him, it was considered a steal--he was that good). Staal hasn't been as good as before his concussion but his play has gotten progressively better(once fully healthy, he'll be as good as before). Staal is a defensive defenseman, nobody said he was the next Leetch( offensive) or Buekeboom(physical). He plays a responsible defense and Will throw a good hit or 2 in every game. But more importantly is that being paired with MDZ, allows MDZ to pinch and jump in on plays with Staal covering up any mistakes. Ido think that McIlrath is nasty enough to be the next Buekeboom for us---he'll fillout and get bigger ( you can't teach size). Sauer will be back, all reports say he's progressing. With This lockout going on, it's allowing Sauer more time to heal as well as helping us evaluate our talent.