In the wake of Steve Zipay's Ranger report card, I thought I would post my grades. Zipay is like that nice elementary school teacher who wants everyone to walk away happy and to look good amongst their peers, while knowing that there is room for improvement.
I am not that nice.
I like to think that I am more like my senior year economics teacher Mr. Sherrow. A former colonel in the army, Mr. Sherrow was hard but he was fair and he always spoke his mind while pulling no punches. These grades are not comparisons of these players to anyone else, but a judgment of how they played compared to how they could play. As it was with my parents on my report cards, anything lower than a B-minus is failure. With that being said, here is my version of the Rangers midterm marks, with a more comprehensive card to follow at the end of the season:
A-minus - Ryan Callahan, Petr Prucha, Stephen Valiquette
B-plus - Lauri Korpikoski, Paul Mara, Marc Staal
B - Colton Orr, Blair Betts, Nigel Dawes, Nikolai Zherdev
B-minus - Henrik Lundqvist, Markus Naslund, Fredrik Sjostrom
C - Chris Drury, Brandon Dubinsky, Michal Rozsival
D - Scott Gomez, Aaron Voros, Dan Girardi
F - Wade Redden, Dmitri Kalinin
INC - Dan Fritsche, Corey Potter
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