Yesterday, Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that Dylan McIlrath had no issues after skating for the first time since sustaining a knee injury during a Hartford Wolfpack game on December 21st.
...great news, but once he's ready to return he'll be sent back to Hartford for the remainder of the season. Allen proved just how much more McIlrath needs to develop before he's NHL ready, plus the acquisition of Carcillo makes his toughness that much less necessary.
...while I completely get that the Rangers drafted McIlrath over Fowler in 2010 because Del Zotto was coming off a stellar rookie campaign and was projected to be their power play quarterback of the future, but seeing the young Ducks defenseman chosen as a member of Team USA while McIlrath can't even find a place on the Rangers roster has me thinking Jessiman 2.0 not a potential Beukeboom.
Are u serious about he can't find a place?) In this team...? U have a coach that dressed Pyatt for almost 1/ the season...Every single night... but ur saying can't find room....I'd sit Del Zero down and let Miclrath play every night... mistakes and all. It's not like del Zero doesn't make them....or Faulk...
U have a coach who cannot evaluate talent unless they are superstars....or all stars... see Miller for example..... see the yo yo treatment of Miller and del zotto.....by doing that he has started to devalue his trade market value.
Then the mental midget makes bad comments about Del Zotto to the press to further devalue the trade value.
AV is a moron... hands down...He is arrogant and thinks he is Scott Bowman or something. ..and has that clout....
Happy to hear that McIlrath is skating with no problems.........
As for our acquisition of Carcillo....bigger than Dorsett...better fighter....bigger hitter. He's a decent middleweight....it's not the fighting part of his game i'm happy with....it's his hitting. He will finish his checks....someone is in a vulnerable position....he finishes them off. That's part of his game I love.....
And why do I love that part of his game? Because when he's on the ice.....the opponent is aware of it.....it's in the back of their minds....because Carcillo is a dangerous hitter.
But Carcillo is still one man. Just replacing Dorsett with Carcillo doesn't all of a sudden make a us a tough team. One more move...not a trade....has to be done.....
I've never wanted McIlrath to be called up. I never thought his game was ready for the NHL. The player that is ready, right now....is Michael Haley.
He has assumed a leadership role with the Pack. He's worked on his game.... He's excelling on faceoffs.....He can skate....he's a big hitter who punishes Dmen on the forecheck.......and of course...protector of teammates....excellent middleweight.
Call Haley up.....play Carcillo and Haley on the fourth line.
That's an energy line my friends.
I'm nervous too but he wasn't drafted to be a top d man. If he turns out to be solid bottom pairing guy it was worth the pick. It was a need rangers had, they addressed it via draft. Give him a chance, he needs to work on positioning and foot work. He needs another full year in the AHL. Needs to relax dropping the gloves and work on his game. Save the fights for the big show.
Hope he doesnt become Dale Puriton. That guy was a complete waste of space. He tried to gauge Colton Orrs eye! Plus he sucked as a fighter.
I m just glad the injury wasn't bad and that we have a player who can stand up for his teammates in the system.Whatever his draft ,he can play defence and protect star players.A dman who can fight is not a guy who is only on for 4 -6 minutes a game.So we'll have protection for longer time frames in a game.
We drafted on need and we had zero dmen toughness..... give the kid a break...let him develop
....He will fight and defend his team mates... things most Guys on our current roster don't and wont do
IT'S ALL DEL ZOTTO'S FAULT
I'm just kidding. I actually really like the kid. I wish he would get his shit together because I'd love to see him succeed on the Rangers.
Fowler is a top 15 dman in the league right now... no question about it. Meanwhile talent wise Mcilrath might be one of the 15 worst in the AHL
Excellent news about McIlrath!!
Fowler is having a good season for the 3rd best scoring team in the league. Let's hold off on the HOF just yet ;-) His previous 3 seasons were OK and his +/- was abyssmal. Jury's still out on him. The selection to the Olympic team, while an honor for sure, is not an indication of them taking the best players...see Bobby Ryan and Dustin Byfuglien.
Good news.Hope he keeps developing and we may see him again this year.With Carcillo and Mcillrath playing well this team would not be intimidated.Could make for stronger better hockey from the Rangers..If someone like Sestito skated by the Rangers bench and asked what are you going to do about it-they would get an answer.Great news.
@TheNYRBlog I know there were a few good moves Slats has made but he should have been slapped for Jessiman & fired for McIllrath
@TheNYRBlog True but a lot of people questioned Fowler making the team so don't make him better than he is...
@TheNYRBlog Mcilrath skates?
@TheNYRBlog I watch other teams scouts and front office pick gems in draft and trades regularly and wonder will that ever be the Rangers.
Still need his toughness. I know you know that getting car bomb is only a start. We need a few guys who can clear crease, take body and police the ice. My projection would be McI will be a late bloomer. Not a bust.
Been saying that all yr. Haley last yr alone ws s menace to the Caps in the playoffs. When he played
@papas1175Excellent observation....I don't know but perhaps our affiliate in Hartford suffers from the same softness as the Parent Team.
Exactly! The Rangers drafted based on need. No one (even the Rangers) ever said to expect McIlrath to put up the kind of numbers Fowler is at this point. He wasn't brought in to be the next Brian Leetch.
And as far as Jessiman 2.0, not even close. Unless you havea top 3 pick in the draft, every prospect has the potential to never set foot on an NHL Rink, but you draft based on need, and you pick 10 times hopeing 1 or 2 pan out. In Jessiman's draft class you could have thrown a dart at a wall and hit a player that turned into a solid NHL player. Turns out that group was loaded and we were drafting like idiots. But the McIlrath pick was an intentional, informed decision. There aren't a ton of palyers from that first round panning out yet, like there was in 2003.
At that time we had these g I us on our defense :
What we did not have is a physical stay at home bruising defenseman. ....He was a project. But considering those listed above.. u can see...why he was drafted
@KreiderisTheChosenOne Really? there are a lot of really bad defencemen in the AHL.Seriously?
spoken like a true homer, fact our guy oft injured goon in AHL no talent can not skate, now 2 knee injuries. Theirs US olympian,top pair dman in NHL power play QB on best team in hockey.I have to laugh otherwise I would cry over our draft picks except for kreider and jury not out on him yet
and if we traded for crosby and kane and shea weber and probert incarnated we'd win the cup. both pipe dreams btw carcillo is not a heavy weight and loses more than he wins except when he wins its usually against the likes of Gaborick
@TheSandmanEsq Kreider? Miller? Lundqvist? Sather made trade for McD and Prust.
Let the kid develop..... is all I say. He has flaws just like every single dman and player on any roster..... what he does have is balls... no fear very physical...heart... passion. Sticks up for teammates at the point of sacrificing himself.... by dropping the gloves with whoever....
How many of those guys get drafted in the top 10?
How many of those guys are on our roster right now or better yet win a fight I the last 2 yrs as a ranger?
Ever team would drool at a chance to take this kid off our hands.....Cause of who and what he is
You need 2 tough wrecking balls on D, the 94 team jab Beuk and Wells. Sauer and McI would have been pretty sweet. Right now we have zero
@Bring back Langdon@gravey94 Glad you know the future that Fowler is the 2nd coming of Bobby Orr and McIlrath will be sharpening skates at the Saskatoon Skate-A-Rama within 2 years. Well done. Fowler's having a nice season on a top team. Now where have I seen that happen before? For some reason I'm seeing the numbers 4, 41, and 11-12. Thing that make you go hmmm
Fowler is a strong skater, good puck mover. His defense is questionable at best. The Rangers had DZ sloted as that player for them for the future, during the 2010 draft, so they went with McIrath, There were some character questions with Fowler, he had committed to Notre Dame, he was selected by the WIndsor Spitfires of the OHL, decommited to ND and there were allegations of monies paid to Fowler by Windsor, albeit, from Coach Jackson at ND.
Prust was a throw in and McD was a miracle. krieder yes miller maybe??????? but for every krieder theres 5 jessimen. Hank was a 7th rounder we are talking 1st rounders here.like our super one who now plays for carolina but would be in ahl if not for injuries(Malhotra)
My brother and I looked through all the Rangers draft classes from the beginning of Sather's era as GM. Things only really got good when Gordie Clark was brought to the team. I don't think that's a coincidence.
@TheNYRBlog@TheSandmanEsqNo question those three are great drafts (but I ask respectfully compared to what) I would love to see some analysis, team-by-team on how well they drafted talent that stuck with their original team, compared to the rest of the league.
Drafting talent is far more important today with The Cap than ever before. I think, perhaps like you, that The Rangers drafting system is average at best. But I don't know because The Old-fashion NHL has not yet read Billy Beane's contribution.
Perhaps The Rangers mediocrity is more a reflection of the "established" talent that they have signed or not signed; and the UFAs that they have signed or not signed and the trades they have made.
Have Sather call Billy Beane. I gave Beane's number to Dolan many times but he keeps losing it.
@TheNYRBlog See, this is why I ask you questions, you provide reality checks for panic attacks.
@Betweentheworlds we have to let him develop, he has only played 2 games and with the ahole coach.....he didn't get a fair shot.. I give him credit second game he took on Mcgratton,, hands down that balls..i respect that.. and he had fun doing it..I will take that over a soft skilled guy any day.. nothing like having Crosby or Ovechkin skating in and getting laid out on MSG by him .. id fly back to nyc to see that anyday.
@Bring back Langdon@Scott from SEC 224@gravey94 grave mistake is a bit of a reach. I think it was well know that McLRath would be a project. From his draft class year of 2010,2 more years of junior and 2 years in the AHL before he would be considered ready, The previous knee injury has slowed up that time table. MDZ was the best player on the board in 2008. It's tough to give up on former 1st rounders especially 23 & 21 year olds. McLRath was newly 18 when drafted & i don't think anyone thought he would be ready now, MDZ, his time has come and gone & he needs a change of scenery to reach his potential. If & when he does, there's's no crying in hockey either. The NHL/NCAA?OHL have been VERY strict and regulatory bout player getting paid as juniors. Not saying it doesn't happen but, thats a whole other conversation.
Big Deal just admit it it was a grave mistake both MDZ pick and Fowler miss so they went with a guy they could of traded down for cmon every NBA player gets paid before they commit baseball players from south the border get paid of through in betweens all the time Nfl just ask reggie bush or cam Newton so please thats a lame excuse