by Patrick Hoffman on 11/30/11 at 06:31 PM ET
Earlier today,our fearless leader asked us who our respective team MVP’s are so I figured now would be the perfect time to give my two cents on the subject.
While you can certainly bring up a few players whether it is Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan, and Henrik Lundqvist, I believe that the New York Rangers’ most valuable player on the team has been defenseman Dan Girardi.
Without all-star defenseman Marc Staal, Girardi has stepped up in a big way for the Blueshirts. Simply put, Girardi has done it all for the Blueshirts this season.
Girardi currently leads the team and the entire National Hockey League in average ice time. This season, Girardi has average 27:41 minutes of ice-time per game as he sees the ice in all situations whether it is even strength, power play, penalty kill, etc.
Girardi has also been great at blocking shots, breaking up passes, and being in the right position in his own zone this season. For a young defensive corps, Girardi is the perfect player to emulate on the blue line.
Lastly, Girardi has also helped contribute some offense this season. In 21 games, Girardi has 3 goals and 8 assists for 11 points to lead the team on the blue line this season.
Again, one can also make a good case for Richards, Gaborik, Callahan and Lundqvist to be the club’s most valuable player so far. With that said, when looking at the team as a whole and what they have done so far this season, it is easy to see that Girardi has been a huge part of what the team has accomplished so far this season.
What do you Ranger fans think?
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