McDonagh's Year in 27 Photos

Throughout the 2011-12 season, defenseman Ryan McDonagh continued to show why the June 30, 2009, trade tyat brought him over from Montreal will be remembered as one of the best in Rangers history. He jumped from one goal and eight assists in 40 games as a rookie to seven goals and 25 assists in 82 games this past year. And it wasn't just his offensive contribution that made McDonagh so special. The remarkably strong Minnesota native stepped up to the No. 1 defense pairing alongside Dan Girardi and performed brilliantly from the start. His ability to break up plays -- even if it meant hustling all the way down the ice to do it -- was just as his spectacular as his ability to create them. Here are 27 photos of No. 27 from a season in which he truly made his mark.