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Rangers agree to terms with Dylan McIlrath
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03-18-2011, 09:08 AM
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There's a spot on the right side of the third pair wide open this summer. Don't be surprised if he wins that spot in camp.
I would be surprised because it would show a huge jump in ability that from all accounts hasn't been born out by his play in the WHL this year. It's not impossible for it to happen...you mention Stepan and it's true most of us (and people who watched a lot of college hockey) thought he was not ready and left school too soon. But Stepan at least had several years of development, dominated at the highest level for his age group, and is an incredibly smart player.
I think McIlrath spends one more year in the WHL and it'll be good for him.
The Rangers have an entirely different handle on things, if they feel a player is ready for a shot, then they're ready.
I do kind of agree, and I'm generally the one towing the line of "let's wait and see how they do in camp", I just think it'd be surprising if he's truly ready. This signing seems more like a "taking care of business" signing rather than getting him ready to make the team next year.
This isn't the McDonagh or Sauer situation. There were no available spots open. There will be over the summer. They need all the free cap space they can afford. They want Richards and need to re-sign they're RFA's. There's a 100% chance a rookie is on the third pair in October.
And Kreider is going to be in the NHL in October.
Don't be surprised if Thomas, Hagelin, or Werek are as well.
We say that stuff a lot and then the Rangers sign a bunch of guys to fill out the roster. There's no way that the Rangers will roll with 4-5 rookies next year
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