Jeff Gorton said before the draft that the organization is excited about where Dylan McIlrath is going and think that he is getting better and better and could be with the team soon. (Rangers)
McIlrath played two games with the Rangers this season and averaged 7:01 per game.
Craig Button said on SNY’s Rangers Blue Line podcast recently, “Dylan is a different player than Anton and he is more of a rough and tumble rugged player and he had a lot to learn coming into pro hockey. In junior hockey he was bigger and stronger and could intimidate and back people off with that size and physical presence and the NHL isn’t about that. People look at McIlrath sand say that he doesn’t skate very well so I will attack that. Dylan has had to really work at being a quicker player, a better fundamental player in terms of his positioning and when his positioning is good and people try to come at him and break him down, he is very hard to break down.”
McIilrath played top pairing minutes at 5 on 5 this season and while his game improved throughout the year, he needs to start “showing some dominance” in the defensive zone. He is the type of defenseman every NHL team needs and wants. (Dobber)
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