"Instead, the 23-year-old Zuccarello is being praised by teammates not only for his immense skill, but for his willingness to ask questions and take directions. His mix of talent, bravado and awareness that he -- an MVP of a major European professional league -- has a lot to learn at this level is winning over everyone in the Rangers organization."
...i said this last night MZA is here to stay. I don't care who comes back from injury or what trades may be made this kid isn't going anywhere.
...the thing I've been most surprised about is his toughness. He has no fear of going into the corners and mixing it up with the best of them.
MZA was sent to Hartford on a mutual agreement at the start of the season that he needed to learn more about the North American game...and boy did he ever!
I agree that there is no way he comes out of the line up when the injured players come back. I particularly think about EC who rarely gives us the 60 minute effort game in and game out that MZA does. Maybe time to trade him at the deadline or send him down?
@KevinDeLury A nice little bonus to the rookies coming in is that those guys who like to cruise through a game will have to look over their shoulder as there are players who can easily step in to take their place. Reminds me of the stories from the old days where players would play through injuries bevcaise they were afraid to lose their jobs. Could we possibly see Drury taking a seat?
Isn't it a great position to be in where we can debate who can be sat or who can come in with all the options as opposed to having nobody or very little to pick from (e.g., Toronto).
@CraiginCanada EC is also more expendable because of the shootout abilities of MZA and Wolski.
Kevin, I hated not seeing how many comments were posted. Im glad to see that fixed.
What I do not understand is why did the Rangers have Todd White playing for the Rangers and not MZA at the start of the season?? If we had MZA up from the start we could have had a couple extra points with shoot out wins.
MZA,Stepan , McD, Sauer, the list of bright young players with big futures goes on, not even getting into the Kreider, Thomas, Bourque, Hagelin, amd McIlrath youngsters in the pipeline. Great stuff for the future.
Nice! I was going to bring that up, it's a small feature but very useful on the fly feature to see if anyone has responded. I think MZA is my favorite Ranger, maybe even before he made the team. :p