I have posted numerous videos of Dylan McIlrath going toe-to-toe with an opponent, but last night's tilt vs. Zack Fitzgerald during the Whale's 4-3 loss to the Adirondack Phantoms (Flyers AHL affiliate) might have topped them all...
...now that was a heavyweight battle. Absolute bombs being thrown by both of those guys. I cannot wait till McIlrath is doing that against real Flyer players at the NHL level.
...and how about the typical dirty Flyer move by Fitzgerald cheap shotting McIlrath when the fight was over. Philadelphia typical.
And apparently Stu Bickel didn't want to be outdone because later in the game he did this...
...i think this pretty much sums up my thoughts on the Bickel fight...
Cannot fucking stand when they play corny ass music during a fight. Keep the music off. That aside that was a good fight.
Anybody got a real assessment of McIlrath's defensive skills.....skating....stick checking....taking the body.........clearing the crease....outlet passes. He is a big tough kid, can he eventually play like Beukeboom??
There's part of McIlrath's fighting game I'm not a fan of. If you watch a lot of his fights...he likes to...what I call "twirl and throw"...he seem to feel comfortable with this style. Both guys "twirling around"...exchanging haymakers. He needs to learn to become a better technical fighter imo. Needs to master the 'clutch, throw, clutch"..technique...aka.. Langdon style....also needs to feel more comfortable just while standing in place and throwing rapid fire...McPhee style.
Just my opinion...
I was there and McIlrath's opponent Fitzgerald threw a punch after the linesman went in to break it up and the punch hit both the linesman plus Mcilrath. Linesman didn't return. McIlrath got multiple shots in on Fitzgerald. Borque's penalty killing was outstanding, he may win that job with the Rangers next year.
@TheNYRBlog wow that was a hell of a fight.
This wasn't mentioned anywhere, but man what a game by John Moore. Obviously, there were other guys that played well, but from a guy that got less than 10 minutes he was very noticeable. If you watch this guy skate you can just tell he is going to be a successful hockey player. There is no question in my mind he was the prize from the Gaborik trade.... he has incredible potential at 22, and every time I see him play reminds me of Ryan Mcdonagh, but is a little less physical (which can be changed at torts training camp) and dare i say a better skater (did you see that spin move last night!?!?!). I like this kid a lot no question, but it seems like all three players we got can make an impact for the Rangers this year and in the future. All i keep hearing is great things about Dorsett, and cannot wait for him to play over Pyatt or Asham... Heard he was going to start skating next week too...
@AnnoyingJoe pretty intense. we werent shooting. they kept coming. they kept hitting. and girardi sniped it in OT on a pass threaded through 2 islanders from brassy? huh? BAM. we win.
The answer to your question is yes the Rangers drafted McIlrath because he is a lot like Beuk was when he was the same age. McIlrath has a measured wingspan of 84 inches (7 ft), he has the typical big man skating issues and the dislocated knee cap kept him from getting to work with the same lady who fixed Boyle's skating this past summer.
He plays a very physical brand of hockey, uses his size and strength to turn the crease into a "no-man's land." He needs work on his offensive game but he has a nasty heavy shot that hurts those who try to block it.
Nobody messes with any of his teammates when he is on the ice either. He was taught how to fight by Cam Barker's dad who was a former cop/boxer.
His nickname is the Truck from his Moose Jaw days
From what little I know about his game....skating...kind of a slow starter...from what some people have said ..his skating has improved....
stick checking...has long arms..so the reach is there..whether he applies it correctly..not sure.
Taking the body...beast. Not just along the boards...he is a big time open ice hitter. Same with clearing the crease...he's a big time crease clearer......the physical part of the game..fighting..checking...crease clearing...that's his bread and butter.
Passing is a weak spot of his......need to work on it.
@McPhee37 langdon was fun to watch.
@Josh6 where did you hear he was skating next week? Imagine he joins the team halfway through the first round for an epic spark?
A little late Josh...I mentioned Moore on the Ranger Islander recap thread. I said he was the Number 1 star of the game in my book. :)
Yo!.Brooklyn!.......thanks for the information....precise and professional. Sounds like "The Truck" is perhaps 2 years away?
@McPhee37 Thanks for that. I saw McFee kick many a butt!
@McPhee37 well then we both agree... he should be getting more ice time
I didnt agree with more ice time...until last night. He was extremely physical...standing up guys at the blue line...taking runs and looking for the big hit on puck carriers....
If he can do that every night...bring that kind of physical game..by all means...hope Torts gives him big time minutes