And the injuries continue to mount for Dylan McIlrath.
Upon finally returning to the Hartford lineup on January 17th after missing three weeks with a knee injury, McIlrath is again on the shelf as Wolfpack broadcaster Bob Crawford reports that the Rangers 2010 first round pick has missed the last three games with an upper body injury.
Crawford tweeted out last Wednesday night that McIlrath was a scratch due to being a little banged up, but then confirmed on Saturday night that he also missed the weekend set of games because of the upper body injury.
McIlrath missed half of last season because of surgery to repair a dislocated knee cap.
…it's obviously easy to call McIlrath injury prone at this point, but it's just the nature of the game he plays. Whenever you're a tough, physical-minded defenseman, who isn't afraid to drop the gloves, injuries are a guarantee.
…having said that, he needs to find a better way to preserve himself or his NHL career (if it ever gets started) is going to be a short one. Which would be a shame, because say what you want about his short-comings, the guy provides an intimidating presence the Rangers haven't had on the backend since assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson was patrolling the blueline.
…at least that Fowler guy the Rangers passed over to draft McIlrath hasn't developed into much yet….oh wait.