Best post-lockout Ranger: Regional Finals: Henrik Lundqvist (1) vs. Ryan McDonagh (3)

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As the offseason wears on, us and Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8) will be running a tournament for the Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout. The Regional Finals start today, with tournament favorite Henrik Lundqvist taking on #3 Ryan McDonagh.

Henrik Lundqvist (Acquired – 2000 draft, round 7)

Hank is Hank. He’s a five-time Vezina Finalist, he’s won the award once. He’s been the backbone of the team, and the best goalie in the world. Not really much else to say here.

Ryan McDonagh (acquired – 2009 trade with Canadiens)

On June 30, 2009, Glen Sather shocked the world when he completed the now infamous Scott Gomez trade. Gomez, along with Tom Pyatt and Michael Busto, was shipped to Montreal in exchange for Chris Higgins, Doug Janik, unknown prospect Pavel Valentenko, and former first round pick Ryan McDonagh. After signing his ELC in 2010, McDonagh got his first call up in January of that season, and played the remaining 40 games with the Rangers. In that short stint, McDonagh proved he could be relied upon as a top-four defenseman.

The following season, McDonagh forced his way on to the top pairing by playing big minutes against the opposition’s best players. When Marc Staal went down with his injury(ies), it was McDonagh that lessened that blow. As he starts adding offense to his game (7-25-32 in his second season, 4-15-19 in the lockout season), it appears his potential is limitless. He is the #1 defenseman on a team privileged to have three top-pairing defensemen, and five top-four defensemen.

So who do you think is the better Ranger, Hank or McDonagh? Vote thumbs up for the higher seed (Hank), or thumbs down for the lower seed (McDonagh). Voting ends at midnight tonight.

3 Responses to “Best post-lockout Ranger: Regional Finals: Henrik Lundqvist (1) vs. Ryan McDonagh (3)”

  1. Scully says:

    This is like a 1 and 1A matchup. King H gets it because he’s been around the entire lockout (and will surely win this tourney), but McDonagh is obviously awesome. Lundqvist might be remembered as one of the greatest Rangers of all-time when it’s all said and done, and McDonagh might as well.

  2. Melissa says:

    I know Henrik is going to win this hands down (as he probably should) but I voted for McDonagh just to give him some votes…cause honestly I think he would beat almost any of the other guys left. Honestly at this point I’m just curious if it will be Lundqvist or Callahan against Girardi.

    • Dave says:

      Hank/Cally is going to be an interesting one. Looking forward to seeing the vote splits.