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Brady Skjei | Defenseman

Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (20) / 3/26/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 196

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New York Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton agrees with early comparisons linking prospect Brady Skjei to current big-league defenseman Ryan McDonagh.
"I think that's a fair comparison," said Gorton. "He's a tremendous skater, he has size and a lot of potential." Skjei was flattered to hear to hear that as well and said "if I can be half as good as him I'll be happy. He's a guy I'd like to play like and hopefully someday I can play like him." They are both from Minnesota and play a similar style. Skjei is playing in his first season with the University of Minnesota and he's currently trying to secure a roster spot with the United States for the 2013 World Junior Championship. Tue, Dec 18, 2012 03:58:00 PM

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New York Rangers prospect Brady Skjei is committed to playing for the University of Minnesota this fall.

"I have to get stronger, for sure," said Skjei about taking the next step. "I have to be more physical on the ice. I think I'm a big boy, I can be more physical on the ice." He said he considered going to play junior hockey in Canada, but going to the NCAA was always his first choice. "This is the path I've always wanted," he said. "I grew up in Minnesota, I went to Gopher games as a kid. I feel good about their coaching staff helping me out so I think Minnesota will be a great fit for me to get better."
Wed, Jun 27, 2012 07:30:00 AM

The New York Rangers have taken Brady Skjei with the 28th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Skjei doesn't shine in any particular aspect of the game, but is consistent in all facets. He plays a strong two-way game, completing his tasks on both ends of the ice. Skjei is a skillful defenseman, which surprises scouts who see his large frame. He is an excellent skater and plays with poise. Skjei is solid defensively, and often wins one-on-one situations despite not being overly physical. It will probably be a while before he finds a way to establish himself on the Rangers' roster. However, if Skjei continues to progress offensively and learns how to use his size effectively, he may become one of the best blueliners out of this class.
Fri, Jun 22, 2012 10:43:00 PM

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C1Derek Stepan
2Derick Brassard
3J.T. Miller
4Dominic Moore
LW1Rick Nash
2Chris Kreider
3Carl Hagelin
4Tanner Glass
RW1Martin St. Louis
2Mats Zuccarello
3Jesper Fast
4Lee Stempniak
5Kevin Hayes
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Daniel Girardi
3Marc Staal
4Kevin Klein
5Dan Boyle
6John Moore
7Matt Hunwick
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Cameron Talbot