"The Rangers said they drafted the intimidating McIlrath (who by the way finished 53d in scoring among WHL defenseman this past season) because they had nobody like him.
Now it seems they have four other defensemen at least somewhat like him and, absent immediate expectations for Del Zotto, and no one like Fowler."
...Fowler's numbers last year were 10g, 30a and a -25, Del Zotto's rookie year numbers were 9g, 28a and a -20. The Rangers would have drafted the same exact player they already have.
...sure the Rangers have a very sound top four with limited offensive ability, but not one of them strikes fear in any opponent. Which McIlrath will do the second he steps on the MSG ice making him the correct pick for the Rangers last season.
Well i believe in having a structural organization. Its not about drafting what you need, but also what you will need. Its about making a system, and hiring the staff drafting the youth and signing the players to make that strategy perfect.
Right now the team has 5 potential franchise D-men who should be kept as long as possible. Staal, Giradi, Sauer, McDonagh, Del Zotto (had a bad year, possible bounce back). They have a few good young d-men in the AHL. So yes the chances of Dylan making the NHL is slim. But theres no need to rush the kid. Let him come to the AHL next year.
1) he will play with better competition
2) he will gain more playing time on a yearly basis
3) He will have more coaches and more time to work on his game
He has the skill and size to possibly play next year in the NHL. And of course he has a better chance to be as good 2 make it the following year. Yet if i was running the system, i would not be rushing him or expect him to be on a regular basis until his three years. We should not expect our prospects, especially Dmen, to be part of the starting 20 so fast. If he is GOOD enough to play next year, or the year after. I would be shocked, and obviously it would be great to see. Especially since hes a big guy and he will be extremely cheap...
hindsight is 20/20. what a bunch of horseshit. if larry has nothing to write about, dont write. we DO NOT have anyone like mcillrath in the system. yes, we have some good young defensemen but none with the edge and bite that mcillrath has.
McIlrath is a monster, and a young Chris Pronger. He will strike fear in the opposition, and won't let anyone take liberties with Hank. He was a great pick. Staal and Girardi handle the opposition, Sauer and McD will provide excelent 2-way play and he'll trash anyone who comes near Henrik. Now all that is left is for Del Zotto to rediscover his game.
I think we need more offense from the blue line. Staal has some great skills as we saw the 1st half of the year but that died off. Girardi also have some potential. Gilly and Del Zotto are good offensivly but gilly needs to be more consistant and we all know about del zotto (i believe he can become what we expected him to be). I think we need more offence from the blue line especially with the forwards having trouble scoring but i firmly believe McIlrath was a good choice cause the rangers havnt had that big crease clearing d-man everyone fears. If he developes into what we hope he does (a top, feared d-man) no one will have a problem, but if hes average and doesnt use his size and mean streak, we made a bad choice. I think we will be fine .
fully agree with you kev. not one of our current defensemen has been compared to the likes of scott stevens. i can't wait until this kid blossoms into the on-ice murderer that we need.
Jack, check out Jess Rubenstein's Prospect Park blog. He covers NYR all over the place. But from what I know, our top goalies in the system are Chad Johnson, Cam Talbot (Hartford), Jason Missean (Hartford) and hopefully soon-to-be signed Scott Stajer, playing for the OHL championship for the Owen Sound Attack. Not much there. Look for us to draft some goalies with later round picks in upcoming draft.
I really want to see a roundup of the top three or top five Rangers goalie prospects. Who they are, where they are playing and when they could be NHL ready.
Listen, Dwayne Roloson (I'm not concerned about Henrik's age — at all) is 41 but it's just something that we don't hear much of in Rangers World.
idiotic, brooksey. uh, mcilrath was drafted BEFORE sauer and mcdonagh played one game for us, so unless the crystal ball was working overtime, no one could have known we wouldn't need someone like mcilrath. write something when you have something to say.
@AlanPudding Cool, thanks for the tip.
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