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Ryan McDonagh | Defenseman

Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/13/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 213
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The New York Rangers could name Ryan McDonagh their new captain as early as Thursday.
Ryan Callahan was the old captain of the Rangers but was dealt during the 2013-14 season to Tampa Bay and the Rangers did not name another captain for the rest of the season. "I think I've progressed into being a go-to guy, someone teammates can look up to and someone they can count on," McDonagh said. "I think guys see I'm willing to do whatever it takes to win... (Captain) is a big responsibility, too. It's not just about on the ice but how you carry yourself off of it and represent the organization." McDonagh had a big offensive season for New York in 2013-14 with 14 goals and 43 points in 77 games with a plus-11 rating and 13 power play points. He should be a lower end number one defenseman in a 12 team fantasy league. Sep 14 - 8:30 AM

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Ryan McDonagh joined the New York Rangers for informal workouts on Saturday.

It's easy to see why people are expecting big things from McDonagh in 2014-15. After averaging 21:58 in ice time in October, he never logged less than 24:04 in any month for the remainder of the 2013-14 season, generating 43 points overall. He really made a jump in the playoffs, scoring 17 points while averaging 26:49 TOI in 25 postseason contests.
Sep 6 - 1:01 PM

Ryan McDonagh might be the next captain of the New York Rangers.

Coach Alain Vigneault said a decision on who wears the "C" won't be made until around training camp in the fall, but he does have an idea of who it will be. "I've got an idea of where I'm leaning, but I'm not going to share it with you," Vigneault said. "I will seek feedback from a couple of players and I will give everyone that's been around our team some input and I'm pretty sure we'll be real close to a consensus." The 25-year-old defender stepped into a role as a more vocal leader this past season because of his growing confidence and he got to learn from veteran players like Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis along the way. Dan Girardi and Marc Staal are expected to remain the team's assistant captains. New York hasn't had a captain since the team traded Ryan Callahan to Tampa Bay.
Jun 19 - 9:56 AM

Ryan McDonagh picked up an assist in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

He finished as the leading scorer on the Rangers, with 17 points in 25 games, during their marvelous playoff run. McDonagh led the team with 13 assists in the postseason and he came close to scoring the game winner in overtime, but his shot went off the post. He didn't have a point in his first 10 contests before going on a tear for the rest of the playoffs.
Jun 14 - 12:44 PM

Ryan McDonagh and the Rangers are seeking some "redemption" when they visit Staples Center on Friday night for Game 4.

"We felt we played some of our better games of the series here," he said. "For us, we've got to continue to have a good start and, this time, finish the job and play a complete, 60-minute game here." New York had two-goal leads in Games 1 and 2 before losing both games in overtime. McDonagh tallied a goal and two assists on those contests before going pointless in two matches back at Madison Square Garden.
Jun 13 - 8:52 AM

Ryan McDonagh's 16 points in the playoffs, leads the New York Rangers.

McDonagh has four goals and 12 assists in 22 games. He got off to a very slow start with no points in his first 10 games as he was recovering from a shoulder injury suffered near the end of the regular season that forced him to miss the last five games. But he has been a force of late with three goals and 10 assists in his last eight games.
Jun 9 - 8:35 AM

Ryan McDonagh was among three Rangers who notched a goal and an assist in their 5-4 double-overtime loss to the Kings in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Again, McDonagh was a beast, extending his playoff-point streak to five games. He picked up his fourth goal and 16th playoff point, while tallying a team-high 37:48. Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard were the other Rangers to tally a goal and an assist. Martin St. Louis potted the other goal, though he (and Brad Richards) finished a minus-three. Rick Nash had a game-high eight shots on goal, but did not record a point. New York trails in the series 2-0.
Jun 8 - 12:11 AM

Ryan McDonagh said the Rangers "knew [the Kings] were going to push, test us physically" during the Stanley Cup Final.

"I thought we matched it pretty well. I thought especially the early part of the game there, we were able to break their forecheck, get out of our zone," he said. "They got a few more opportunities in the third because of their forecheck." The Kings outhit the Rangers by a 45-33 margin in Game 1. McDonagh logged a playoff-high 31:12 of ice time in the match. He's an important player for the Blueshirts, so Los Angeles won't pass up any chance they have to make him pay a physical prce.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 7 - 4:50 PM

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ryan McDonagh is the first Rangers defenseman to collect eight assists in a playoff series.

He is also only the second New York defenseman to produce 10 points in a playoff series. Brian Leetch had 11 against the Canucks in the 1994 Final. McDonagh, who recorded a team-high 25:27 of ice time, has picked up an assist in his past three games (four during that stretch.) This all comes after he was held pointless during the opening round against the Philadelphia Flyers.
May 31 - 10:37 AM

Ryan McDonagh earned an assist on New York's lone goal in a 1-0 win over Montreal Thursday night.

The victory eliminated the Canadiens from the playoffs in six games and sent the Rangers into the Stanley Cup Final. McDonagh was held off the scoresheet in just one game against the team that drafted him 12th overall in 2007. He racked up two goals and eight assists in the series.
May 30 - 8:44 AM

Ryan McDonagh continued his strong play Monday as the Rangers defeated Montreal by a score of 3-1 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

McDonagh recorded a goal and an assist in the victory to give him a whopping six points in the first two contests of the series. Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis also scored on one-timers in the New York win.
May 19 - 10:50 PM

Ryan McDonagh generated a goal and three assists, as the Rangers convincingly won Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final by a score of 7-2 on Saturday afternoon.

He tied a Rangers' record for the most points in a playoff game by a defenseman, which he now shares with Brian Leetch, Brad Park and Dave Maloney. McDonagh had just a goal and two assists in his previous 14 playoff matches.
May 17 - 4:27 PM

Ryan McDonagh has long since moved past the fact that the Montreal Canadiens traded him in 2009.

It will still be a bit of a side story though in the New York Rangers upcoming series against the Montreal Canadiens. It was a fairly one-sided trade, given that the centerpiece of that trade for Montreal was Scott Gomez, who had a disastrous run with the Canadiens. "At this point, the trade's been talked about a lot," McDonagh said. "I'm happy to be here in New York and love what we've got going on here. I think we've got something special. Obviously, when you get drafted, you think what it would be like then, but it's been so long since then (and) my heart and soul is here in New York."
May 16 - 10:29 AM

Ryan McDonagh finally played Friday night like the No. 1 defenseman he is for the Rangers, sparking New York to a 5-1 rout of the Penguins and narrowing Pittsburgh`s best-of-seven series lead to 3-2.

McDonagh was a force at both ends of the ice. "For me, tonight, I don’t want to say it was the first time we really saw Ryan McDonagh in the playoffs, but that’s the way I know he can play [and] that’s the way we need him to play," said coach Alain Vigneault, whose team will face another do-or-die game on Sunday night in New York. "He’s not hurt, and he needs to play that way if we want to continue." McDonagh missed the final five games of the regular season with a left-shoulder injury, but returned for Game 1 of the team’s first-round series against the Flyers. He played all seven games, and the first four of this series looking like a shadow of his former self. Yet for this one, he was dominant with a game-high 26:53 of ice time, scoring a power-play goal on a wicked slap shot from the point and adding an assist on the game-opening goal of Chris Kreider’s. "Just trying to skate," McDonagh said, "and use my legs as much as possible.``
Source: NY Post
May 10 - 10:11 AM

Ryan McDonagh was one of many people unhappy with the Rangers' play on Wednesday.

New York suffered a 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh, which gives the Rangers a 3-1 deficit in the second round series. "It's not acceptable at this time of the year on all levels: battle level, execution," said McDonagh. "This series is not over and we've got to play with the mentality of a freight train going 100 miles and hour not looking behinds us. Get after it, get gritty get after them on all cylinders and not look back. We've got to play with a lot more pace. We do at times but not for the full 60." For his part, McDonagh got his first point in 11 playoff games when he assisted on Carl Hagelin's goal on Wednesday.
May 8 - 9:08 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Derek Stepan
2Derick Brassard
3Dominic Moore
4Chris Mueller
LW1Chris Kreider
2Carl Hagelin
3Ryan Malone
4J.T. Miller
5Tanner Glass
6Matthew Lombardi
7Nick Tarnasky
8Chris Bourque
RW1Martin St. Louis
2Mats Zuccarello
3Rick Nash
4Lee Stempniak
5Jesper Fast
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Daniel Girardi
3Dan Boyle
4Marc Staal
5Kevin Klein
6John Moore
7Matt Hunwick
8Mike Kostka
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Cameron Talbot