I think Turris, Stone, Ryan, Hoffman can easily fit in the category of "legit, top-three scorer". If you are looking for a first-overall type, generational or at least elite player then, no. What we need to instill in these players is the Pageau like attitude. Hoffman has been very disappointing. I've been a big supporter of his in the past but he is not doing anywhere near enough. Last night there was a play where he circles back and plays the puck off his skate to his stick -- a real fancy move that will get oohs and aahs from the 10-year olds at the outdoor rinkl. When you are the last guy between the puck and your goalie you simply can't do that, certainly not when games are as important as in the playoffs. That's an attitude change. You are not there to put on a show; you are there to do everything you can do for the team to win. But Hoffman is not the only one like that. Too many quite content to carry the puck in, curl to the side boards and look for a pretty pass, and not enough willing to drop the shoulder down, stick out their leg to protect the puck, and cut inside toward the net. Yes, you will get slashed, yes you might get hit by the other defenseman or a back-checking forward. But if you are not willing to take the punishment then step aside for someone who is.
I disagreed with taking Claesson out instead of Harpur yesterday and after watching the game, I stand by my initial reaction. Harpur did well early on but he has not been good the last two games. He needs a reminder that he's there because he can match the Rangers' forward size. He needs to initiate hits, clear out the crease, be strong on the puck carrier (not like G3 when he let Zibanejad skate around and pass out front to Zucarello) and he needs to stick up for his team mates (like when Turris got manhandled last night). He is only in the lineup because of what he was doing in Bingo, and the last two games he has not done that. And not that Claesson is a big tough SOB, either, but I just felt that Harpur started playing soft, going back to his comfort zone.
Need a fresh outlook, at this time. If Neil comes in, so be it. I still think White would be a better option, now that they have home ice and can manage his match-ups. But even with Neil, you don't want him our there with Grabner/Zucarello, maybe, but you absolutely want him out against Nash, Zibanejad as well as Hayes/Glass types.
I've also been saying for a while (since game 2) how we are missing Boro a lot more than many here care to admit. The Rangers started skating down that right side completely unopposed and unafraid. You'd think stepping up at the far blue line or at center ice is a simple play, but in the last three games I saw Phaneuf do it *once* and nobody else. Our right-side D has gone really soft (and, no, slapping Zucarello on the side of the head like Methot did to draw the roughing penalty is not it).