Thread: Confirmed with Link: Rangers Sign Defenseman Conor Allen
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03-29-2013, 07:35 PM
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McIlrath missed the first half of the season with a dislocated kneecap. This is his first pro season. Occasionally a defenseman comes out of junior hockey and goes straight to the NHL bypassing the AHL but those are real exceptions and almost always there are real growing pains for those teams rushing those players in. It's a tough position to learn to play right at the NHL level--your mistakes are very magnified. Reading some of this **** gives me a headache. The discussions over the years about the development of defensemen have been numerous. It's like everything slides by some people. Be thankful if McIlrath is a full time regular in two years. It takes time.

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