The Rangers took their time with defenseman Marc Staal, allowing him to develop first in the OHL, and then in the AHL with the Hartford Wolfpack.
Like the saying goes, good things come to those who wait.
Although he doesn't put up great offensive numbers, Staal, taken with the 12th overall pick in 2005, has blossomed into one of the best shutdown defenseman in the NHL, often playing against opposing teams' top lines.
Ranger fans have welcomed him with open arms, and have come to appreciate his physical, defensive style of play not often seen on Broadway.
Besides, any Ranger who scores their first NHL goal against New Jersey Devils' goalie Martin Brodeur will always be a fan favorite.
The best part about Staal is that he is only 23, and, like Del Zotto, will be mainstays on the Ranger blue line for years to come, and will sure to be a future captain.