Nov 4, 2018
New York Rangers
Apr 11, 1984
Howard beach ny
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Paul13</b></div><div>I need a Rangers fan to explain Skjei to me. I've posted trades for him and I'm always told it's not enough or he isn't for sale. In this post the Rangers are giving him away. You look like you don't want to give him away, but your response makes it sound like you would at least be willing to trade him. So I'm not sure what to think.</div></div>
hi paul, i can help you with this. Skjei grew through our organization. he became our best player in hartford, he had top 4 defenseman written all over him. his rookie season he played great for a rookie. but many forgot that he was 23 years old by seasons end, a little older than many rookies in the league and had a few seasons of pro hockey under his belt already. after season one the ranger world had him as our next ryan mcdonough because he showed solid 2 way ability. which he still has he just is insanely inconsistent with it. rangers took a chance signing him to a big contract after just 2 seasons hoping if he ends up being a top pair d they would hit a home run with him. it didn't happen, Skjei still has 2nd pair defensemen material but a lot of night he is a liability defensively. his decision making is below average. imo, at this point in his career i see him as a low second pair d or a very good 3rd pair d. with the players the rangers having coming up through their farm system they will be able to replace his production at a much cheaper cap hit. the team needs a top left d, Skjei isn't the guy for it. in the last 2 seasons he hasn't found a defense partner to gelled with, maybe it's his fault or the other players on the team.
imho, if the team was able to move him i would do it. i think they still can, he is guy and plays a lot of mins a night. if he played on a team that let him be more offense i think he would impress fans more. his rookie season the rangers gave him more time in the offensive zone, but now the rangers have more better offensive d men on the right side, he isn't utilized the same way his rookie season.