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.
Other problems to worry about. Just went on cap geek and fudged around a little bit... If Cally leaves and we buyout Richards even with bringing back notable players we need a 1st/2nd line center (depending on where you slot Stepan) a 2nd/3rd line winger (depending on where you slot Zucc) and a 4th line center (maybe bring back Moore or let Lindberg play that roll) with about 12.5 million to do it. It will be interesting to see what they do with Miller and Lindberg. We have a plethora of 3rd line centers (Brassard, Miller and Lindberg) and they all will be NHL ready by next season and it will be interesting to see if Sather goes with one of them or throws a boatload of money at Stasny (PLEASE NO!!!!). As for a winger to replace Callahan, Heatly or Vanek comes to mind but both will cost a small fortune. The people I brought back in this example and their cap hits were Kreider(2.5), Zucc(3.75), Pouliot(1.75), Brassard(3.8), Boyle (1.5), J. Moore(2), D. Girardi(5.25), Stralman (3). Will be very interesting to see what the lineup looks like next year. One thing is for sure.. Richards is gone...
I'm okay with giving McIlrath all the time in the world to get ready. Think about it, when we drafted McIlrath, we had just picked up Ryan McDonagh a year earlier. Clearly, Sather felt comfortable that McDonagh would develop into a puck moving defensemen and felt that, with McIlrath, we would be getting a stay at home guy who brings a physical style of play as well. It's easy to compare how McIlrath's career hasn't really started to Fowler's who has been a solid defensemen. Instead, I find myself comparing McDonagh and Fowler due to their similar styles of play and since their both young.
McIlrath is 21. He is still insanely young. We don't need him to be ready right away. It would be nice for him to be ready as it would be nice having an insurance policy in case we lose one of Stralman or G in the offseason. But with the Klein pick up and the possibility of Allen being ready, McIlrath can take his time in the AHL to get healthy and really turn into the player we all want him to. Even if it takes two to three years. When that time comes, I'll be rooting for him.
On a positive note, I haven't been this optimistic about this D corps since Sauer went down. Stralman has been solid, Staal is really finding his stride, McD is a beast, Girardi, while not playing as well as he was last year, still eats minutes, Moore looks Moore comfortable since switching sides, and this Klein character seems pretty steady. There really isn't a D-man that makes you bite ur nails every time he touches the puck a-la Del Zotto.
Still young,not giving up yet. Always can turn him into a 4th line winger in 2 years. I still think he turns into a bottom pairing tough guy that we need.
Cam Fowler... man just think. We would be able to move G for pieces and actually make a run at this thing.
@TheNYRBlog Say it, Kev. He's injury prone.
@TheNYRBlog he's a bust.
I like the kid and his huge heart, but this pick isn't working out and it may never work out, unfortunately.
@TheNYRBlog he needs a solid off season in the weight room...he'll be NHL ready next year
@TheNYRBlog what a bust
@plocke I will not be pressured. lol
@Bring back Langdon Ha! Yeah, I'm used to it at this point.
lol... not on this team. Allen, Syvret and Johnson are all ahead of him. Not to mention we have 6 guys on the roster that if signed wont be moved down.