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2013-14: 14 goals, 29 assists, 43 points
Expectation for 2014-15: 16 goals, 35 assists, 51 points
Ryan McDonagh is now a known offensive entity, something he wasn’t heading into Alain Vigneault’s first season on the bench.
Heading into the upcoming season, Vigneault knows he can put McDonagh in situations to succeed, and he could see some time with Dan Boyle on the power play.
That should enable McDonagh to continue being productive, because having Boyle also on the point could add some unpredictability to the power play. In other words, it won’t be a given that the power play is going to run through McDonagh, so defenders will have to divert their focus to an entire unit instead of one player.
The playoffs were another bright moment for the Rangers’ top defender, and 2014-15 should be another season in which McDonagh contends for the Norris Trophy.