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03-25-2013, 11:28 PM
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Originally Posted by kenjets36 View Post
I don't think McIlrath is ready to come until mid next season. I've been down to Hartford a few times and watched him play. Not so sure about 1st line pairing, he's not as smooth as some players, but over time he can learn. I look at him as our own Brooks Orpik (ceiling) or at worst Hal Gil (floor).

Think he's like 20, he's come a far way. Most people call him a bust because its been i think 3 drafts since I think we took him. He was raw and a huge project then, most people want results immediately, doesn't happen that way... especially with defensemen.
I'd say that is about right on target. The Rangers D is woefully lacking in a physical dimension, but the pay off on McIlrath being ready to go when he gets here is well worth the wait. Let him dominate some down there and then it will be time.

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