Read: Dylan McIlrath’s Progress This Past Season

Dylan McIlrathLeslie Treff writes at Hockey’s Future that Dylan McIlrath has slowly been given more and more responsibilities by the organization and that his adjustment to playing in the AHL was positive. She notes that there were times when he was “invisible” but other times when he “inflicted bone crushing hits and cleared the crease.”

Treff notes that McIlrath’s development still puts him on track to be a player that other teams will hate to play against.

She does say that it could be another couple of years before McIlrath fully develops into being all that he can.

At the Rangers website, McIlrath said he appreciates the patience that the fans and organization have shown with his development and that he is priding himself on being good in his own zone. McIlrath said that his goal is to be a “shutdown defenseman” who is physical and can fight.

McIlrath labeled his season as up and down year but a good first experience with pro hockey.

Gordie Clark told Ranger Rants that McIlrath was a little bit behind because of his knee injury and that it takes a full year for that injury to heal. He said that Jeff Beukeboom “played the crap out of him” and that they hope his knee responded well to the half season of play.

McIlrath said that being coached by Beukeboom is great and he loves that he can pick the brain of “the best.”

Jeff Beukeboom said in an interview that McIlrath improved as much as anyone on the Whale last season. Beuk agreed with McIlrath in saying that he had some ups and downs but said that there was still a lot to like about his season.

Beukeboom adds that McIlrath can do more than just hit and scrap, has a high hockey IQ and will be a good player when he gets some more experience under his belt.

THIS SECTION is all about McIlrath and dates back to when he was drafted.

Read: The Dylan McIlrath Time Table

Dylan McilrathWhile 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.

Read: Expecting A Full Year In The AHL For Dylan McIlrath

Dylan McIlrathBack 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.

THIS SECTION is all about McIlrath and dates back to when he was drafted.

Read: Dylan McIlrath Talks About Being In Boston Today

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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Stats: Whale Lose In OT (Dylan McIlrath Fights-With Video)

  • 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

Box Score

Read: Jeff Beukeboom Says That Dylan McIlrath Is Making Progress

Dylan McIlrathDylan 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.

News/Watch: Dylan McIlrath Suspended Two Games

Dylan McIlrathThe 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.