"Watching him at the rink this year, I just couldn't believe it," Clark said. "The overall confidence of his game, his handling of the puck, the moving of the puck and his body, the way he's built muscles. He knows he has to put on weight, but he doesn't want to do it just pumping iron. He wants to do it naturally and he has a great build on him. He's really developing well."
McIlrath adds this about the difference in his confidence at this year's development camp compared to last year...
"I feel like I'm a lot stronger and a lot more confident this year," McIlrath said. "Last year was a good learning experience; I'd never really done something like this. This year I'm a lot more confident and I feel like I'm playing good hockey."
...from all the reports I read from this year's development camp it seemed McIlrath made the biggest jump from last year. Get excited Rangers fans your crease clearing defenseman is on the way!!!!
NHL.com also takes a look at the Rangers 2011 first round pick JT Miller here.