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02-22-2013, 02:14 PM
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Originally Posted by nyr2k2 View Post
Or like our other prospect, Sammy Noreau, who doesn't fight anymore because everyone is scared of him. If McIlrath picks his spots, his great fighting ability is a big plus. He does scrap at some inopportune times--he's still very young, so it's to be expected--but he also sticks up for his teammates more than any prospect we've had in our system for quite a long time.

When McIlrath is on the ice, guys know not to take liberties with our players, because if they do McIlrath will beat the **** out of them or one of their players.

Honestly, I love the fact that when someone cheap shots our player, McIlrath punishes that guy. Not because I particularly like fighting, but because it allows our players to have more space and be less fearful.

Imagine you are Thomas or Bourque (or St. Croix next year). You have skill, you have speed, but every time you on on the ice, someone is trying to intimidate you so that instead of focusing on making the play, you are focusing on not getting a concussion. Now imagine that every time someone harasses you, there's a guy who will knock their lights out in your defense. Suddenly, you can focus on skating and shooting.

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