Read: Dylan McIlrath progress and where he needs to get better

Dylan McIlrath1Jeff 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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11 comments

don't forget he lost almost an entire season with a knee injury. that sets back his development a year. Before we right him off as waste and crappy pick give him a chance to prove himself. D take time to develop and the style the NYR want him to play he would need to fill out his already massive body with "man strength" not "boy strength".He seems he can handle the size of the NHL tough guys now lets see his play handle the NHL game/speed.

craig
craig

Still very young. 23 or 24 yo would be a good target age to have D make it to NHL

They can't all develop as quick as staal

Sauer developed into a very steady dman and was in staals draft class. But didn't make the team until a few years after him.

That position takes time. His first year was wasted as Clark mentioned he had to look out for every AHL tough guy welcoming him to the scene. Hard to play consistent when worrying about answering the bell on any given shift

Loglo99
Loglo99

no way this kid makes it, his skating is unbelievably bad. 

Frodo Jewbear
Frodo Jewbear

6th round pick Dalton Prout has played in over 80 games, if they wanted a tough dman they should have just selected Prout in the 6th round...5th round pick Gallagher over 120 NHL games. 3rd round pick Radko Gudas 95 NHL games. 2ed round Justin Faulk over 150 NHL games.. the later round picks some have already played more NHL games than McIlrath has.. they must think this guy will be like Jeff Beuekeboom was for the Rangers..

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

Even on draft day when the Rangers selected Mciirath and passed on Fowler, I didn't like the pick. Obviously I still do not like the pick over Fowler. Worse 1st round pick by Gordie.

Gary Wien
Gary Wien

@Frodo Jewbear one thing to keep in mind is that the Rangers really didn't even have a spot for Dylan in the last two years.  Why rush someone that was ALWAYS intended to be a guy that needed developmental time?


The fact that others found playing time earlier doesn't mean anything.  What if Dylan goes on to have a stellar 10-year career with NY as a guy like Beukeboom?  Would you really be upset that it took him a little longer to see the ice?  Guys that play in the style they want Dylan to play don't come around that often.

Johnny W
Johnny W

Fowler was on waivers at least once in his career. Just shows you need a little luck for each pick.

cunny
cunny

@Johnny W Fowler was never on waivers. Maybe he was sent to the minors during his ELC, but that's not waivers.

Kevin
Kevin

@cunny @Johnny W Fowler is still to young to be on waivers, just like McIlrath.  Fowler was scratched a number of times but he never played a game in the AHL. He best season was still his first statistically and was a nightmare in his own zone.