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07-01-2013, 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted by chosen View Post
Assuming McIlrath is more than a tough guy. Frankly, if he doesn't make the team this year, I will start assuming that his ceiling isn't all that high.

Yeah, I know he's still young, but the game has changed. The good ones spend very little time in the minors, now.
Ceiling? His ceiling is a stay at home d-man who can play a regular shift and play a very physical game. We already know what his ceiling is.

Coming out of juniors and making an NHL team at 20 years old is a tall order for a defenseman. I'm sure you know that. The order gets even taller when you're rehabbing a dislocated kneecap. And there's no reason for the Rangers to rush his development either. They are not like your top 10 teams rushing all their 1st rounders into the NHL. The Rangers have a steady and stable defense. They can take their time.

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Originally Posted by Wamsutta View Post
I keep forgetting McIlrath even exists. I'm starting to lose hope he's going to pan out at all now. If we haven't seen him yet...
Yeah-20 years old--he's finished.

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