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11-10-2013, 10:38 AM
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Aaron Johnson has been good for Dylan McIlrath

One of “those kind of guys” is Johnson’s defense partner, 21-year-old second-year pro Dylan McIlrath, a first-round pick by the Rangers in 2010. McIlrath has made great strides playing alongside the veteran captain, and credits Johnson for helping him in all aspects of the game.

“It’s great, just the day-to-day routine, I just watch,” McIlrath said of Johnson. “He’s such a pro and I learn so much from him, not only on the ice but just the way he carries himself off the ice, a true role model.”

For Johnson’s part, he feels as though the partnership with McIlrath has been a boon for the older half of the duo as well.

“It’s been great, I think we’ve had some great chemistry so far,” Johnson said. “He’s an easy guy to play with. He’s a guy that understands the game and definitely is very steady as a young defenseman, which I’m sure as the New York Rangers see, it’s exciting because a guy that age sometimes can be a liability, but he’s not at all. He’s a guy that’s able to score, he’s able to fight, great skater, he’s worked on that, from what I’ve heard, from the years before, so he’s really got his game coming in the right direction and hopefully it’ll continue.”

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