Last year Ryan McDonagh was a rookie with 40 games of NHL experience taking part in his first Stanley Cup playoffs, working on the Rangers' second defense pairing. This year McDonagh is a top-pair d-man, logging more than 26 minutes per night during the post-season, playing against all of Ottawa's top guns.

On Friday afternoon McDonagh sat down to chat about his role, this series against Ottawa, and more with's Jim Cerny.

Watch this exclusive 1-on-1 with McDonagh, then share your thoughts below.

Apr 20 - 6:24pm