There's a good reason why Ryan McDonagh just signed a six-year, $28.2 million extension.
He's one of the best defensemen in hockey and a lock for the U.S. Olympic team.
How does he do it?
He's just smooth. He's not flashy. You won't see too many end-to-end rushes or dazzling tape-to-tape passes.
No, McDonagh's game is built off of fundamentals. He's always in the right place, with proper stick placement. He makes the correct pass, delivers a solid hit and moves on.
Some of the more offensively skilled defensemen, like P.K. Subban or Kris Letang, will try to do too much in their own zone to start the rush. By doing so, they leave their goaltender vulnerable.
McDonagh doesn't do that. He makes the right play at the right time. He eats up minutes, yet never seems tired.
With McDonagh in the fold, the Rangers defense will always be good.