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Rangers agree to terms with Dylan McIlrath
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03-18-2011, 12:11 PM
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Those hoping he's going to take 2-3 years to crack the NHL roster are going to be disappointed.
They didn't draft him 10th overall, keep him in New York all summer, and sign him less then one season after drafting him, to bury him in the CHL and AHL for five years.
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.
This is the same Del Zotto, Stepan, Anisimov, Kreider argument.
The Rangers have an entirely different handle on things, if they feel a player is ready for a shot, then they're ready.
If they feel getting 9-10 games of NHL experience under his belt is part of the process, then its part of the process.
And if he makes it and is inconsistent in his first+ month of his NHL career, that doesn't mean he will be sent packing, either. See: Derek Stepan. They've shown no hesitation to allow a player to develop at the NHL level.
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.
Prospal, Fedotenko, Christensen, Eminger, Gilroy, McCabe, Drury, Avery, and even Wolski are not part of the future. The future includes next season.
I was really surprised at how they treated McIlrath this summer. Keeping at the table for the 2nd round, having him be on an NYC tour bus, it seemed he received extra special treatment for some reason. Maybe they wanted to get him on his good side.
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