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09-01-2011, 05:03 PM
eco's bones
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Just to go outside the rules of the game here--rules are meant to be broken anyway but the guy McIlrath projects out to be is Jeff Beukeboom--both 6'5 mean stay at home defensemen. McIlrath may be a little bit better skater and a better fighter but it's about the same offense, size and orneriness. Both very good open ice hitters as well. McIlrath will have to play with more discipline than Beukeboom just because of the way the game has changed from when Beukeboom played for us.

I don't think the comparison to Orpik is that good because Orpik's not really a fighter per se--McIlrath has a bit of a goon factor and is somewhat likely to be considered a top NHL heavyweight some day. A lot else about Orpik compares though. Murray as well is only an occasional fighter.

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