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Somehow, Ryan McDonagh is only 24 years old.
Yes, a player that logs nearly 25 minutes against the league's best forwards, who shined at the Olympics and who is showing a burgeoning offensive game is only 24.
And he will be a Ranger through at least 2019.
By that time, it would not be a surprise if McDonagh had a Norris Trophy or two under his belt.
He's a fantastic player, an incredible skater with impeccable instincts, a blistering shot from the point and a unique ability to join the rush and capitalize as a trailer.
He's taken on increased responsibility on the power play, where he has 12 points, and has an impressive four points shorthanded. We've seen from McDonagh the ability to really toe the line and get off a good shot. He's developing into a top-flight offensive defensemen.
The Montreal Canadiens must be kicking themselves for trading away McDonagh for Scott Gomez. Imagine McDonagh and P.K. Subban on the same team.
But McDonagh is a Ranger and he's thriving.
I maintain that he should be a Norris Trophy contender, even if he won't win. Ryan Suter seems to have that award all but locked up, yet it is important to note that McDonagh was the best American defender in Sochi not named Ryan Suter.
Indeed, McDonagh's a fantastic player who will only get better. Having a lockdown defenseman is a prerequisite to winning a Stanley Cup. Take a look at the last few Cup winners: All had that lockdown defender, whether it was Duncan Keith with Chicago, Drew Doughty with Los Angeles or Zdeno Chara with Boston.
The Rangers have that type of player in McDonagh.