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McNeill Signs

Just got late word that the Caps have signed prospect Patrick McNeill, a puck-moving defenseman they drafted 118th overall in 2005. He's currently in Hershey, Pa., working out with the scratches.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 3, 2007; 6:02 PM ET
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How close is he? and is he NHL talent, or another journeyman type?

Posted by: Lee | May 3, 2007 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Finally. He will be an interesting one to watch in my opinion. More of a project, than say Mike Green or Jeff Schultz who made waves their first years with the club. I get the feeling that despite his puck moving abilities, he is better defensively than people give him credit for. Maybe a better Eminger?

Posted by: Graham | May 3, 2007 7:23 PM | Report abuse

He's an offensive dman/pp quarterback type player. Proported to have leadership qualities as well. With the glut of dmen prospect the caps have thought that they might let him go but glad to see they signed him.

Posted by: usiel | May 3, 2007 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm excited about this signing, it's good to see a pp qb dman signed.

Posted by: Chris | May 3, 2007 8:12 PM | Report abuse

He's dropped the gloves in Juniors as well. I don't know much about his physical game, but he stepped up for a teammate this past playoffs after his guy got slashed. Dropped the gloves and I believe won the fight.

Posted by: Graham | May 3, 2007 10:48 PM | Report abuse

I like Shultzy, not so sure that Green will ever develop into anything other than, as called in baseball, a "AAAA" guy. Meaning, he's too good in AHL, but not good enough in the NHL. I don't know if its the extra speed at the NHL level, but I've seen Green make more bad passes, get burnt like toast and otherwise look miserable. Emmer has the same issues, but not as noticably.

Posted by: Dman | May 4, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I like Green. I think he has a lot of potential, especially as a 2 way player. Yes he has things to learn and makes mistakes. But other defensive players that create offense tend to have those problems too. Either the play is fantastic or it is a horrible mess. Phil Housley, Gonch, etc...

Schultz, for as big as he is, he plays very soft in the corners and along the boards. That should develop in time. I think both will be contributors to the Caps lineup.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 4, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Green and Schultz will both be very good players as long as they develop properly. I would think that both should be in the AHL next season, with call ups as injuries happen. Its a better idea than ahving them in the NHL and having to call up players like Hunt or McNeill who are more long term projects as defensemen.

Hannan and Rivet. Sign them, put Schultz and Green in the AHL. Let everyone else determine where they go in training camp. I'd rather have more rookies in the forward lines than on the defensive lines.

Posted by: Graham | May 4, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

It's waaaay too early to suggest Green is a bust. He did make this year's young stars team for a reason.

Look at a guy like Jay Bouwmeester's stats his first year
(82 games, 16 points, -29)
and four years later (82 games, 42 points, +23)

Posted by: slappy | May 4, 2007 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Green's not a bust. He should just be in Hershey next season. Needs more time so he can develop properly. Unlike Emmy and most defensemen we've brought up through our system in the last decade.

Posted by: Shmoo | May 6, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Whew! (sigh) I'm relieved. I was concerned GMGM might not sign this kid, simply because of the rather large number of young defensemen already on the roster.
i believe this young fella is a definite "Keeper." Bye, bye Eminger, AND Muir.

Posted by: Puckguru | May 7, 2007 7:50 AM | Report abuse

some guru to forcast that muir is on his way out, im impressed. ha

Posted by: Anonymous | May 7, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

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