Gordie Clark, Rangers Director of Player Personnel, on McNaught,
"He plays a very aggresive game and is there for his teammates. He takes on every guy that challenges him. We know he can do that role, but we also know he can do more. In today's game, you have to be able to do more to even play that role."
Here's McNaught, who suffered a season ending ankle injurt last October, on what Rangers fans should expect from him...
"If I could model my game after anyone playing in the NHL today, I would probably choose a player like Milan Lucic," said McNaught. "I'd want to be physical and play a little offense, too. When I was younger, scoring goals was more of my role. That changed in junior, but I still feel that I have decent hands for my size and for the role I play. I definitely like to help out offensively, and most of my goals come from working hard in the corners and going hard to the net, although there are no toe drags."
...with the unfortunate death of Boogaard there is obviously an opening in the toughness department with the Rangers. If they want to save money McNaught could be a guy they call up for certain games (Flyers, Islanders, etc.) as protection for their skill players.
I understand the Rangers would prefer looking at the prospects in a positive manner but I do not see McNaught as an NHL player.
He has been a journeyman "hired gun" as a junior, Vancouver did try to turn him into a power forward because of his size (and being over aged).
He lost last year because of his ankle and as of that profile on him, the Rangers have yet to sign him to a contract. McNaught most likely if signed will start his pro career in the ECHL and it will be a while before he develops the tools to make it in the NHL
@TheProspectpark So I guess what you're saying is that my analysis is 100% incorrect. Thanks for making me look like I know what I'm talking about. ;)
Kevin it is very hard for anyone in your position to be able to know what has been happening with the prospects since coverage is very limited.One has to remember that on the Ranger website they are not going to say that "So and So" was a terrible pick by us. But it is always why I say that someone like yourself needs to go look at tape and judge with your own eyes about a prospect.
Even if I am saying McNaught is a bad pick you should go look for yourself to make your own judgement