Jeff Gorton, Assistant Director of Player Personnel, says this regarding McIlrath...
"Dylan is obvioulsy a physical kid. That's his No. 1 thing. But he can skate well, he makes a good first pass, he can shoot, and he has an intimidating presence. He is also a big shut-down guy who plays a lot of minutes."
Gorton adds that the Rangers are going to be patient with McIlrath, so expect him to be sent back to his junior team during camp this year.
Everything you want to know about McIlrath is said in this quote by him...
"I wouldn't say I like fighting, but I do really like helping out my teammates that way," McIlrath said. ... "Some guys can't stick up for themselves, but I can so that's a big thing. I can send a message to the other team early on that I mean business and they can't screw around. So that's part of the intimidation factor."
...no prospect has grown on me more than McIlrath. I get more and more excited thinking about him being the physical presence in front of the net the Rangers haven't had since Beukeboom.
...nice to see the Rangers taking their time with him as well. McIlrath is probably two years away from cracking the Rangers line-up.