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04-06-2013, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Pizza View Post
A few years ago a buddy of mine connected me with some pretty tuned in hockey guys who saw McIlrath on a regular basis. While they had very strong criticisms they were united in their opinion that the Rangers had made a very shrewd pick. The short take:

Extremely raw but an exceedingly rare combination of maturity, coachability, athleticism, agility, awesome strength, size and down right nastiness.
Yeah, this seems to be the consistent thing about early evaluations of McIlrath. Lots of scouts were really intrigued by his size, smarts, attitude, and athleticism, and felt he had a chance to develop into a unique type of player.

I don't know if he WILL develop into that player, no one knows for sure, but it is still pretty clear to see why he was picked relatively high

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