The word “success” is used loosely because, as we all know, the New York Rangers could have and should have gone further in the playoffs than they did. However, McDonagh was heavily attributed to whatever success they did have.
In his third season as the Rangers’ captain, he continues to be a leader for everyone on the roster. Young players, especially defensemen such as Brady Skjei have mentioned his role in the locker room. They’ve mentioned how they look up to McDonagh as they try to become better players. (And look how well it’s been working for Skjei!