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01-27-2012, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Tommy Dodge View Post
Don't like the McIllrath pick. Remember watching the draft thinking waht are they doing. They could have picked Brandon Gormley, named the top d at the World Juniors this year, but passed him by, and let Phoenix get him at 13th. From what I read, he (Gormley) wasn't expected be around after the top 7, so many teams figured there were some concerns, but he has showed otherwise, while MCIllrath has struggled. Phoneix said after drafting him that they didn't even interivew him thinking he was a top 5 pick. MacIllwrath was rated as a third rounder going into the draft. but considered to be a tough guy. Real poor pick! IMO.
An interesting bit of info. Gormley is from the same small town (200 people) as Brad Richards.
Largely inaccurate information. Which scouting service that had McIlrath as a 3rd rounder? Redline, ISS, CS all him him mid to late 1st round. 5 maybe ten picks earlier than projected, yes. 3rd!

Plus...You can't put a pricetag on peace of mind. The Rangers haven't had a guy like McIlrath in the system in over a decade. Thats a long time of show showers to the face and unimpeded power forwards wreaking havoc in your crease. Only in the past year or so did the defense collectively get tougher as a group. But...still none of them are of the same caliber as McIlrath in terms of toughness. Bickel is similar, maybe. McIlrath was voted by the players the toughest player in the WHL. I believe he also captains his team. He's got charachter, he's got moxy. Don't count him out before he gets his turn.

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