Will Dylan McIlrath be one of the worst picks in Rangers recent history?
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02-11-2014, 09:39 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Elmira NY
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Is there anyone who doesnt think McIlrath was a mistake? If so why?
I don't think it's necessarily a mistake. It's nice to get the best of all players but it's not at all as easy as it seems til you look back later on. If McIlrath becomes a regular--with his size and physical presence it's a big win. A d-man who can play and intimidate the opposition physically with either hits or fights is something the Rangers lack and is very rare in the NHL. He has the potential to be the nuclear equivalent to Boston's Lucic and how our team actually stacks up against the better teams in the East is more important than how many goals and assists a top pick is capable of. For a historical perspective the Jeff Beukeboom wars with Eric Lindros. Lindros was the best player in the NHL for a several year stretch. He was also huge--an excellent skater and as mean and physical as Lucic is today. Beukeboom was big and tough enough to handle him and provide Leetch a level of protection that allowed him to maximize his talents.
That being said I think Dylan's development has been sidetracked with injuries since he's turned pro. He was never going to be on the fast track to the NHL. Sometimes extra time and patience is needed with a player. Kreider went through a lot of struggling before finally turning the corner. For McIlrath right now he needs ice time at the level he's at and he needs to stay healthy.
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