Read: Dylan McIlrath’s Performance Last Night and What People Thought

Dylan McIlrathLast night against the Flames, in his second career NHL game, Dylan McIlrath played 5:08 and had 1 shot attempt blocked, 1 hit and one blocked shot.

His ice-time broke down as:

  • First: 1:44
  • Second: 1:15
  • Third: 2:09

McIlrath also had a high sticking penalty and recorded his first NHL fight against Brian McGrattan.

McGrattan told McIlrath “good job, kid” after the fight and McIlrath said that it put a smile on his face to hear that (ESPN NY).

Alain Vigneault said after the game that it was a very courageous thing for McIlrath to do.

For his fight, McIlrath was awarded the Broadway Hat.

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Read: Dylan McIlrath’s NHL Debut

Dylan McIlrath13:11PM: McIlrath spoke with the media today (Rangers) after practice:

  • On last night, “it was surreal. That was the most focused I have ever been for a game. It was my dream come true so I wanted to be 100% focused when I came in. During the anthem I had some shivers and getting some first shifts out of the way. By the second and third I felt like I was in the game. I am happy with how it turned out.”
  • On his emotions, “I tried to focus on the ice and not look in the crowd that match. I was doing that during the pre game skate and looking at the banners. The guys were great to help me through along the way. I was nervous coming in at the start but once I got some few bumps it felt like a real game. You are in the trenches and battles and being more vocal on the bench to try and get the guys going. It felt pretty effortless in the third being out there.”
  • On what he wanted to do “I wanted to bring that physical edginess and help the team win at all costs. I was fortunate to draw a penalty, too bad we didn’t capitalize but I need to do whatever I can to help us win to stay here.”
  • On teammate support, “everyone was really supportive. Anyone who came up sat me down and told me to pretend I had been here the whole time. That is how I tried to approach it with the guys helping me along. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”
  • On NHL moments, “the speed and that you will pay if you make a mistake. I know that I made a rookie mistake with that pinch and it shows how skilled the guys are at the next level. They will bury it if you make a mistake. I learned quickly that the NHL is much harder game and also that everyone is always in the right position so if you can do your job it can be  lot easier. too

10:31AM: In his NHL debut last night, Dylan McIlrath played 8:55, had one shot blocked, one hit and was one the ice for one goal against.

His ice time broke down as:

  • 3:40 in the first
  • 3:13 in the second
  • 2:02 in the third.

McIlrath didn’t play the final ten minutes of the third period,. He also drew a high sticking penalty from Brandon Dubinsky.

According to Extra Skater, at 5 on 5, McIlrath was on the ice for 12 attempts for and 8 attempts against with 7 shots on goal for and 7 against.

He started 50% of his even strength shifts in the defensive zone, 20% in the neutral zone and 30% in the offensive zone.

McIlrath said that he was nervous and tried to keep things simple (Ranger Rants).

He adds that his pinch that led to the second Columbus goal was a “rookie mistake.” He said that once he settled down he started making better reads (NY Post).

Adam Rotter: McIlrath played about the way that I expected for a rookie defensemen. He made a crucial mistake, he threw or attempted some hits and saw what it was like to play in the NHL. I think that he should get in at least a couple of more games, some more situations and maybe a fight before, at least I think, his return to Hartford. This is an important part of his development and will help the organization focus more on what he needs to work on to be better and to take a roster spot out of training camp next year.

Recap: Dylan McIlrath’s Comments Today

Dylan McIlrathDylan McIlrath will make his NHL debut tonight and spoke with the Rangers:

McIlrath’s preferred nickname is “diesel” and not Undertaker (Rangers)

  • On getting the call that he is coming up, “I almost didn’t believe my coach when he called to tell me. I got off the phone and took five minutes, all the emotions were running through my head. Calling my friends and family….it was the best call I have had in a while.”
  • On being on the ice at MSG, “it’s a dream come true. I am just trying to take it all in and not get too overwhelmed. Once the puck drops I need to approach it like any other game. I will enjoy this moment and everything that comes with it.”
  • On his approach tonight, “I will just try and stick in the structure that they set out, let the game come to me. When I over think things I get into trouble. I am an emotional player and things happen on the ice and I will let them play out and not think about them too much.”

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NEWS: Dylan McIlrath Called Up

Dylan McIlrathDylan McIlrath has been called up (Rangers).

McIlrath has played in 24 games for the Rangers, has 3 goals, 4 assists, 30 shots, 115 PIM and 9 fights this season.

For a section that dates back to when McIlrath was drafted, CLICK HERE.

Leslie Treff tweets that in her opinion, McIlrath isn’t quite ready yet but that it’s low risk move to call him up now.

Adam Rotter: It’s the right time to give McIlrath a shot even if it’s only for a short time. He can get some NHL experience and hopefully push both John Moore and Michael Del Zotto to be better. The ideal situation would be for him to step in and play well enough to stay, like Ryan McDonagh did as a rookie, but that seems like a stretch right now. The key for McIlrath is to get his feet wet in the NHL and then take what he learns back to Hartford and either play well enough to force the organization to call him back up or To read more of this story, click here

Read: Jim Schoenfeld On Some Of The Hartford Prospects

Danny KristoJohn Giannone, on his Bleeding Blueshirts podcast, asked Jim Schoenfeld about players in Hartford that the Rangers have an eye on.

Schoenfeld said that he hated to name players for fear of leaving one out, but said:

  • “Danny Kristo has very good offensive skills and we have him killing penalties too because we want him to learn to play away form the puck. I don’t believe there is anyone in the American league who is good enough offensively to survive in the NHL with that skill alone. They will have to learn to be two-way players in one way or another. They will need to learn how to finish a check, block a shot, learn to be reliable in the defensive zone, in the neutral zone they will have to understand coverage because it’s going to be increasingly difficult for them to score. You can’t be giving up what you can’t get back. We are trying to turn them into two way players.”
  • “JT Miller has made another trip back to Hartford. He has skill, people have seen his skill. They have seen him score goals, they have seen a good wrist shot, a good release. They have seen courage and toughness. JT Miller is learning to play away from the puck because it’s too risky and the coach doesn’t feel comfortable enough to put him on the ice in certain situations. It goes to play and learn rather than stay here and condition.”
  • “Dylan McIlrath has made great strides this year. He is tough as nails, a good scrapper, good body checker and he is developing his craft.”

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Read: Is It Time To Give Dylan McIlrath A Chance?

3:36PM: Bob Crawford, the Wolf Pack broadcaster, says that McIlrath has made ‘great strides” this year.

11:49AM: Darren Dreger of TSN tweets that “NYR rumored in deals on daily basis. Defenceman Dylan McIlrath has earned a chance given his play in AHL. Perhaps, a trade isn’t necessary?”

McIlrath is a right handed shot and has 3 goals and 6 assists for the Wolf Pack this season. He also has 102 PIM and 25 shots on goal.

Leslie Treff of Hockey’s Future wrote recently that McIlrath is growing into a “good, tough defenseman with an outstanding shot” but it isn’t yet known if he will become a “dominant” player.” She says that McIlrath should get a spot with the Rangers next season.

Gordie Clark said prior to training camp that he wanted McIlrath playing regularly in Hartford for the first half of the year but “after Christmas we will see what happens.”

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Adam Rotter: I haven’t seen McIlrath since the preseason so I don’t know if he is ready. The reports from people who have seen McIlrath indicate that he is much better than he was last year but still coming along. He provides a toughness that the team currently lacks, but whether he can be reliable enough in his own zone at the NHL level is still unknown. If the idea at the outset was to keep McIlrath in the AHL all season then they shouldn’t deviate from it just because of Michael Del Zotto’s struggles.

Watch: Dylan McIlrath’s Weekend of Fights

4:43PM: 10/14/13


At Hockey’s Future, Leslie Treff writes that Dylan McIlrath is finally started to develop into the player the Rangers drafted with the 10th pick in 2010.

She says that McIlrath has improved dramatically from last season, is playing top pairing minutes and is using his “heavy” shot.

Treff writes that McIlrath could get a shot later this season with the Rangers but should become a regular in the NHL next season.


10/13/13:

2:34PM:

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Read: Dylan McIlrath Understands His Role

Dylan McIlrathAt NHL.com, Tal Pinchevsky spoke with Dylan McIlrath and Jeff Beukeboom about their relationship together and what kind of player McIlrath is.

Beukeboom says that he loves how McIlrath understands who he is and what his role is on the ice.

Pinchevsky writes that McIlrath loves the feeling of “imposing his will physically on opposing players” and McIlrath confirmed that by saying he loves making contact with another player.

Beukeboom noted that while the Rangers are deep on defense, they don’t have a player with McIlrath’s skill set

McIlrath said that he loves picking Beukeboom’s brain and learning from him.

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Recap: Dylan McIlrath’s Comment’s Yesterday

2010 first round pick Dylan McIlrath spoke with the media on Friday:

  • On if he is physically ready to compete, “Clean slate. I get to keep everything in the past and impress the brass.”
  • Is this the year, “I hope so. I think so, I believe so, I just need to prove it to the new guys and prove that I can belong in the NHL. It’s a good start to training camp, really up tempo, and I am looking forward to it.
  • On the depth of the Rangers, “i am going to have to win a spot, they have a lot of veteran d men, and if I am going to make the team I am going to have to beat a really good player out. It’s gonna be a lot of hard work but I just wanna make the coaches have a hard decision to make.”
  • On being on the ice with Marc Staal, “you learn so much. He is the kind of defenseman I look up to. I want to play like him. He is steady and with a really good stick. Great shutdown but also can make good passes. I want to get to that level but it will take a lot of hard work. I can just pick his brain and watch him on the ice and see how he goes about his business.”

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Read: Dylan McIlrath Wants To Earn His Spot

Dylan McIlrathWhen asked about what he thinks his immediate future holds, Dylan McIlrath said that he won’t be awarded a spot based on how high he was drafted and that he understands the challenge that will come in earning a roster spot.

He told the Daily News that he trusts that the coaches and the organization have his best interest in mind and that at the very least he would like to make it a tough choice for them to send him down.

Gordie Clark said during the offseason, “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.”

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