"That is the element that McIlrath brings to the Rangers, between that 86 inch wingspan and the already built for the NHL body; McIlrath is a defensive stopper. McIlrath means that his partner can pinch in and know that someone will cover for him.
McIlrath does deter people from trying to set up in the crease, McIlrath's 6'5 body says you are not touching Henrik Lundqvist and if McIlrath was a Ranger last season, they would still be scraping off the ice what was left of Carcillo."
Rubenstein also clues us in on some interesting stats regarding Fowler's defensive flaws...
"The whispers said Fowler was soft on defense and right off the bat a -23 does not help his cause...Oh but it gets better people as Fowler in 60 games has just 16 PIMs but here is what should tell you have soft Fowler is; 36 hits and 74 blocked shots. Are you kidding me really you wanted this guy? Why?...A defenseman with just 36 hits? Mats Zucarello has 48 hits in half the number of games played."
...i, as most Rangers fans, was very upset with the Rangers decision to skip over Fowler for McIlrath. But the more I hear and see this kid the more I feel the Rangers made the right decision.
...and now that Rubenstein has pointed out Fowler's defensive deficiencies I'm even more confidence.
...can't wait for the first game he knocks Crosby right on his @ss.