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04-11-2011, 09:52 PM
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I don't really understand why they are being compared.

McIlrath is still very young, and has at least another year or two to be ready to play in the NHL. He struggled quite a bit playing for the Whale, and while some of that is obviously being used to the system, he is not an NHL skater at this point. He struggled a lot keeping up with the faster skaters.

And although everyone keeps talking about how he is intimidating, while he might be in the WHL, a 215 pound guy is not exactly a rarity at the NHL level. He is still young and growing and can likely get to 230+ if he works at it and he can improve his skating despite gaining weight.

So onto this him vs. Sauer debate, I dont get it. Teams need at least 6 defensemen. So isnt it just a positive if the Rangers could have both players?

McIlrath in a season or two could come up as a replacement for the 3rd line D man, perhaps him and Del Zotto could form a line after Eminger and McCabe move on.

And McIlrath will probably end up being a better penalty killer than McDonagh just due to his size, strength, and reach.

Im just glad they are both on the team, and hope they both are for a very long time.

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