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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Hit the ice today for the first time in a while, no better feeling.—
Dylan McIlrath (@dylan_mcilrath) November 19, 2012
McIlrath had knee surgery on July 6th
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When asked about the plan for Dylan McIlrath this season, Gordie Clark said that it is likely that McIlrath will spend the whole season in Hartford so he can adjust to dealing with and fighting older and more veteran players.
In an interview with the Rangers website McIlrath said that he feels his hard work may soon pay off, “I have a long way to go but I am not that far. I put everything I had into this summer and trying to get better and focusing on my dream of playing in the NHL.”
McIlrath said that his issues and rehab over the summer made him mentally stronger.
McIlrath has said that the key to being a successful player is to be hardnosed and physical.
On the night McIlrath was drafted, Gordie Clark said “He’s a special kind of player…when this kid is 22 you will see a helluva NHL hockey player”
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It was suggested last week that McIlrath was still “weeks away” from skating.
12:46PM: The Rangers have sent out a release on McIlrath saying “The procedure today went very well. We are happy with the results. Dylan has not been cleared to return to the ice yet, but he is making great progress”
Blueshirts United notes that 2010 first round pick Dylan McIlrath is still “weeks” away from skating after having offseason knee surgery.
McIlrath told the Rangers website that he has been focusing on upper body workouts as he takes his time letting his knee heal.
At Ranger Rants, Andrew Gross spoke with Dylan McIlrath and McIlrath said that he will know much more about his time table in two weeks when he visits with the Rangers team doctor.
McIlrath told Gross that he hasn’t had any setbacks in his rehab and that he is still working on upper body strength while easing into riding the bike with his surgically repaired knee.
He added that he wanted to make sure that he did his rehab correctly so that he could return to the Rangers at 100%.
He had knee surgery on July 6th.
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Jim Schoenfeld, assistant coach, GM and GM of the Whale, said that there is no update on Dylan McIlrath, according to the team’s twitter feed.
McIlrath first injured his knee at prospect camp in late June when he collided with Kyle Jean.
He had knee surgery on July 6th.
Earlier this month McIlrath said that he wouldn’t be healthy at the start of training camp.
Whale head coach Ken Gernander said to Blueshirts United, “He’s going to be a big rugged physical defenseman in the pro game. But aside from being big, you have to be able to impose yourself and play with a bit of an edge or make things uncomfortable for your opponent, and I think given his character Dylan will be able to do those things. He’s athletic and physical and mean, and he will make it hard to play against him.”
Assistant GM Jeff Gorton, who was instrumental in the Rangers selecting McIlrath, says that bringing in Jeff Beukeboom will be an added benefit for McIlrath, “That was an added feature that he can add to our organization. He has gone through it, he won, he was a Ranger. He has worked at his craft and been an assistant coach for a while. For certain it won’t hurt Dylan to have a guy like Beuk show him the ropes.”
It has been said that the Rangers have found the right teacher for McIlrath.