When Dylan McIlrath was drafted in 2010, he was considered to be the toughest player in his draft class and inspired Kevin Allen to tweet “Rangers draft tough D Dylan McIlrath and immediately issue bumper stickers that read our draft pick can beat the bejeebies out of your pick”
Gordie Clark on McIlrath: “He’s a special kind of player…when this kid is 22 you will see a helluva NHL hockey player”
— New York Rangers (@thenyrangers) June 26, 2010
Clark said at Ranger Rants that compared to when he was drafted, McIlrath has filled out nicely, “his back is wide, his arms are thick, his chest is popping out. He’s going to be a big boy, It’s a vicious, intense division and conference. I don’t see that leaving even with the new CBA. So it’s great to watch. You don’t know what’s going to happen on any night. I think Mac fits right in there.”
Clark adds in a video at the Rangers website, “each year he’s just come back and getting thicker and bigger and stronger. He’s very mobile he’s always in top shape and just a freak thing on the ice.”
McIlrath has said that he likes to model his game after Shea Weber.