: Injury Report:
McIlrath - Surgery for Dislocated Kneecap
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07-06-2012, 02:19 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
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It's an unusual injury--at least I haven't heard of too many kneecap dislocations. Cherneski shattered his--from what I understand it was in 3 or 4 pieces and that pretty much was that for his career. So it makes me wonder but to be honest I think there are some people here who just want to dog on him just because he wasn't the guy they wanted back when he was drafted. Injury can happen to anyone at anytime and that includes Tarasenko, Fowler and Gormley.
I still mourn for Cherneski. I think he would've been a very similar player to Brendan Morrow for us.
I think McIlrath will always be dogged until the day he makes it to the NHL. I've always said that there were guys I would've taken before him, but I don't think he's a bad prospect - if you accept him for what he is.
Don't try to turn him into an offensive guy, don't wait for him to put elements into his game that make him the next Shea Weber, just accept him as a tough as nails stay at home type. Beukeboom with better fighting ability.
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