When the Rangers drafted Dylan McIlrath with their first pick in 2010, they were hoping he'd develop into a crease clearing defenseman that they so sorely needed. The last thing I'm sure they expected was any kind of offense, but this season McIlrath has shown a knack for finding the back of the net as he scored his third goal in just 11 games during the Wolfpack's 3-2 shootout loss to Springfield last night (00:21 mark)…
…from reports coming out of Hartford, McIlrath has improved in all aspects of his game. From positioning to skating and now to scoring, the rugged defenseman is making a case that he might be ready for the NHL.
…and with the way Del Zotto and Stralman have struggled this season, there just might be an opening for him real soon. Especially with the Rangers to likely to send their only real enforcer in Mashinter back to the press box or the AHL (tear) once Callahan and Moore are healthy.
…the Rangers have finally started standing up for each other as evidenced by actions of Richards and Dorsett recently, but having a guy like McIlrath in the line-up will ensure that if a skilled player gets so much as sneezed on there will be hell to pay. And who knows, maybe he'll score a couple of goals along the way as well.