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05-09-2012, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by eco's bones View Post
To me there are similarities between McIlrath and Jeff Beukeboom (also a 1st round pick) and it should be kept in mind that Beukeboom needed quite a bit of time in the AHL--so I'm not really expecting Dylan to make a big play for an NHL spot next year. To me he's headed for the AHL and Erixon might be there with him at least for part of the season.

McIlrath is huge but still has some filling out to do. His game needs a bit more refinement. What he projects to be though could be very, very valuable. Something akin to a defenseman version of Milan Lucic. A big bull of a player with a real mean streak who can really hit and really throw them. If we can project him 3-4-5 years down the road lining up against the real power forwards of the league--not just Lucic but Malkin, Ovechkin and all those players having to keep their heads up and an eye on this guy all the time--that's a big advantage for us in containing players like that.
Agreed. I'm hoping he can become a Pronger type with less offense.

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