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Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

A year ago, Ryan McDonagh was trying to find his way on the blue line of the then Hartford Wolf Pack, after leaving a highly successful University of Wisconsin program following his junior year.

While center Derek Stepan made the New York Rangers’ roster, after leaving the Badgers following a sophomore year that ended with a 5-0 loss to Boston College and top Blueshirts prospect Chris Kreider in the NCAA title game, McDonagh was among the final cuts on Broadway.

McDonagh struggled a bit early with the Wolf Pack before extensive work with assistant coach J.J. Daigneault helped him earn a call-up on Jan. 3, when he switched places with Michael Del Zotto, who had was experiencing a sophomore slump with the Rangers after being a member of the NHL All-Rookie team in 2009-10.

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BY: Bruce Berlet

Talk about a turnaround.

A year ago, Ryan McDonagh was trying to find himself as a pro after the defenseman and center Derek Stepan left the University of Wisconsin early after losing to New York Rangers top prospect Chris Kreider and Boston College in the NCAA championship game.

While Stepan was the surprise of Rangers camp and stuck with the big club, McDonagh was sent to Hartford and struggled much of the first 15-20 games with the then Wolf Pack. But with the help of assistant coach J.J. Daigneault, who works with the defense, and veteran defenseman Wade Redden, McDonagh righted his ship and was called up Jan. 3, switching places with Michael Del Zotto, who was having his issues in his second pro season after being a member of the NHL All-Rookie team.

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