While meeting with reporters today, 2010 first round pick Dylan McIlrath said that he feels as if he has a “legitimate shot” of making the Rangers out of training camp next season.
McIlrath added that while his knee is still healing, from an injury he suffered last year in development camp, it is not an excuse.
In a chat with the Rangers website, Director of Player Personnel Gordie Clark said “I think he will certainly need the first half of the year to get right back into the AHL and playing every game and catching up. I don’t want him on the bench if he can’t play a regular shift in the NHL right now. He needs to play and play a lot of games in the first half and after Christmas we will see what happens.”
Clark added McIlrath’s knee is still healing and that the organization understood that when he was drafted they were going to have to be patient and careful about bringing him along as, in his role, he will be fighting and dealing with mature players and players who have trained and have experience in fighting.
Clark said that when McIlrath entered the Whale lineup he was challenged on nearly a nightly basis to fight and that after he “took care of business” the rest of the league decided to leave him alone.
On his season, Clark said that McIlrath really only played two months of hockey, following the month where he was fighting every game, and that his body is maturing and filling out.
Back in April, at Hockey’s Future, Leslie Treff ranked Dylan McIlrath as the third best Rangers prospect.
McIlrath played 45 games this season for the Whale after missing the first half of the year recovering from knee surgery.
He had five assists, a plus seven, 38 shots on goal and 125 penalty minutes.
Treff said that while McIlrath has progressed since being drafted, showing toughness and leadership, he needs more time before becoming an NHLer.
She expects McIlrath to spend most if not all of 2013-14 with the Wolf Pack.
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At 3:19PM, Rangers 2010 first round pick Dylan McIlrath sent out the following tweet:
Wow scary moment. Was walking towards Boston marathon finish line. 10 mins away from where bomb went off
McIlrath spoke with Pat Leonard in the Daily News about being in Boston and around the finish line when the explosions occurred.
McIlrath was in Boston and visiting with some family friends because the Whale, after playing three games in three days, had an off day.
McIlrath also spoke with Ranger Rants.
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- Dylan McIlrath had an assist, was a plus two, had one shot and fight with a ten minute misconduct.
- Ryan Bourque was a minus one
- JT Miller had an assist and was a plus one
- Marek Hrivik had a goal and two shots
- Chris Kreider was a minus two, had four shots and was called for goalie interference
- Christian Thomas had an assist, was a minus one and had two shots
Dylan McIlrath has played in 33 games since missing the first part of the season with a knee injury.
He has 0 goals, 2 assists and is a plus five.
McIlrath also has 92 PIM which include 10 fights.
In a chat with the Rangers website, assistant coach Jeff Beukeboom described McIlrath as a hard working, in-your-face defenseman that “hits hard and doesn’t mind sticking up for his teammates.”
Beukeboom added that McIlrath has improved “dramatically” since his first game and is getting better and better each week.
McIlrath said that his goal is be called up by the Rangers but understands it may not happen until training camp.
He said that the toughest adjustment has been playing at a level where all the players are smart and everyone is a good player.
The AHL, via Melissa, has announced that Dylan McIlrath has been suspended two games for an elbow that he threw on Thursday night against Bridgeport.
See the elbow below:
McIlrath played his first game for the Whale this season on Thursday after missing the first half recovering from knee surgery.
7:22PM: McIlrath has gotten into a fight.
7:18PM: McIlrath is in the lineup for the Whale.
6:40PM: Bob Crawford says that McIlrath is on the ice for the Whale in warmups.
The Whale play the Sound Tigers tonight in Hartford.
On 12/20, McIlrath told Paul Doyle of the Courant “Its been really good. The knee feels real good. Obviously I have to get my game back because its been a while, but it’s slowly coming along. The hands are getting better. I feel a lot more comfortable each day.”
He said that he was willing to be patient with his return but expected it to be after Christmas or around New Years.
McIlrath has been in full practice with the Whale for over a week.
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At Blueshirts United, Dylan McIlrath talked about how he is in the process of returning to the ice and working his way back into the lineup for the Whale after offseason knee surgery.
He said that he hopes to participate in bag skates and conditioning drills by the end of the week as now he is only hopping on the ice at the end of practice and skating around by himself.
McIlrath says that he credits the training staff with the Rangers and the Whale with helping him get as healthy as possible.
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