Thread: Confirmed with Link: Rangers agree to terms with Dylan McIlrath
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03-18-2011, 09:38 AM
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I'd certainly be surprised if he made the team out of camp. However, more and more young players are stepping right in to the NHL and being very successful. It seems with the new rules and a shift in style of gameplan / strategy, that younger players can play here if they're skilled enough and smart enough, even if they haven't fully grown into their bodies yet. McIlrath has a NHL body, even if he's still growing (which is great). It's a case of if his game / mind is ready for the NHL. When we drafted him, I, like many others, assumed that he'd need at least a year or two in the AHL first. But stranger things have happened, and it wouldn't be the worst idea to let him learn, trial by fire, in the NHL. We'll see what happens. We have other prospects who may be able to win the open d-spot as well (Valenteko, Kundratek, Pashnin to name a few).

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