Accoring to Hartford Wolfpack broadcaster Bob Crawford there's a possibility Dylan McIlrath could play for the Rangers AHL club this weekend for the first time since suffering a knee injury on December 21st.
The last report on McIlrath stated he had been skating on his own without a problem.
...got to admit, I'm officially concerned about McIlrath. Not necessarily because he seemed over matched during his brief cup of coffee with the Rangers last month, but because of the injuries that seem to be mounting.
...whenever you're a tough, physical-minded defenseman, who isn't afraid to drop the gloves, injuries are always a concern and can derail a young prospect's career. I really hope he's able to overcome them the way Beukeboom was before being forced from the game later in his career due to a concussion, but for him to be an effective player he must continue to play a grinding game, which will always leave him vulnerable.
leg strength exercises are the the only thing that will be able to keep him playing hockey. that's a huge frame he's carrying around and with all that torque he puts on his leg joints from all of his physical play, fighting, protecting the net etc, against other guys his size will just wear him out. i love the kid and i really hope he makes it, seems to have a good head on his shoulders.
Let's stop the BS already enough. ... let the kid grow.... not one defense man we have brings what he brimgs..... bike boom wasn't the greatest skater. ....and many others who have had long careers in the nhl... stop the crying about who we didn't draft.... We would have drafted him and the guy might have sacked. For all we know.....
We had 3 no 1 pick a few yrs back. The panel Brenda and others and they all sacked and never made it...... kid came up and took on the biggest baddest goon in the nhl...... name me one guy on that roster that could or would do the excluding Dorsett and carcillo. The answer is fucking none....no one would. Not even the people champ Lerch Boyle
let him develop. He can be a bottom pair d man.... and I will take it. Just on our past draft of guys that don't even make it
@TheNYRBlog Not giving up on McIlrath just yet . His Size and Heart are very hard to come by now a days.
@TheNYRBlog BigMac is really going to have to work on his Skating during the offseason. That was the huge difference between Him and Allen
Lets get over it... to draft a 5th or 6th dman with the 10th pick in the draft no matter how much physicality he has is idiotic. You could dress any hockey player over 6'4" that is 20 and there are plenty of them and teach them how to play Defense (not to mention they would probably be just as good defensively as he is). Whether you like him or not... it was a joke to draft an enforcer bottom pairing dman with a top 10 pick. Watch as Cam Fowler becomes an ALL-Star.
@TheNYRBlog knee problems are fixable now adays heads not so much
@upstate tomTo many punches to that head is what worries me the most. When he eventually makes it to the NHL full time every goon in the league will be looking to challenge him.
Agreed ...... He is also coming back from a knee injury. So i cut him some slack. .... We need this kid. Everyone in the east has one if not 2 or 3. Heavies on defense. We need one
lol @ bike boom
@bkelly41 Still plenty of time for him to develop unless injuries derail him.
Yeah....just teach them how to play Defense....piece of cake.....
Reminds me of one of my favorite hockey quotes.....
Harold Snepsts, after being advised by a doctor to wear a helmet to avoid brain damage, replied.......
"Don't worry Doc. If that happens, I can always come back as a forward."...............
You silly forwards....get to skate out there without a care in the world. ;)
He probably would have went at the end of the first round if the Rangers hadn't reached. They are/were looking at MclRrath as a top 4 D man along the lines of, Beukeboom, Samuelson, and more recently, Orpick . They passed on Fowler thinking with DelZotto , McDOnagh & Staal, they had a solid base in puck moving Dmen.
@mando24179 There are plenty of other huge defensemen in the league who survive very nicely.... I wonder what they do to stay healthy and able to play a physical game?
@TheNYRBlog Agree 100%