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02-01-2013, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR1967 View Post
They drafted McIlrath because he had only been playing organized league hockey for 2 or 3 years and was showing exponential progress every year. The Rangers felt it was worth the risk that if the kid could keep making progress like that every year of his development, they would have a young Scott Stevens/Jeff Beukeboom in their system - much harder to find (at least IMO) than a kid like Tarasenko. I wasn't a fan of the pick myself, and yes Tarasenko surely would help the Rangers right now, but it wasn't about info that St. Louis had and the Rangers didn't, and it's a risk that still could provide big dividends.
I would understand it if the rangers had more scoring (at the time of the draft) but we lost a top prospect in Cherepanov, so imo Tarasenko was the pick to make.

How far off is McIlrath still?

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