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06-28-2011, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Black Tank View Post
McIlrath needs to go to juniors and then at least one season in Hartford. There is absolutely no need to rush his development - he's a mature kid but still a kid and NHL Dman is a very hard job, much more so than a F.

He also is probably not done filling out and I'd rather he continues making adjustments at the lower levels.
Marc Staal spent 4 seasons in the AHL much to his benefit. I think McIlrath will similarly benefit for further seasoning. I want to see him take what he learns from development and main camp and see what he can do his final season. Remember how Marc Staal totally went gonzo in his last year (during the playoffs)? 20 points in 21 games - for a d-man! He probably won't be like that but seeing him go 10 points in 21 games and +20 would be nice!

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