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04-07-2013, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by GWOW View Post
Big defensemen take more time to develop than two-way defensemen.

Adam Foote, Derian Hatcher, Brooks Orpik, Jay McKee, Scott Hannan, Robyn Regehr, and Braydon Coburn are just a handful of 1st round defensive d-men who took a while to establish themselves.

Of course, you have a lot of busts, but I think the conditions are set for McIlrath to succeed. If he starts off his NHL career playing 14-16 mins a night on a bottom pair on a good team with a Vezina goalie, the only pressure he should deal with is what he puts on himself.
Excellent points. Even an impatient longtime Ranger's fan like me realizes that McIIrath is being brought along right and will be put into a situation to ultimately succeed with the parent club once he get's there.

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