It makes quite a lot of sense actually. Our AHL team is going to have to have some veteran leadership on the backline---this year, next year and every year into the future and you're not going to sign any proven AHL/professional d-men to AHL contracts (they have their hopes and dreams too)--they'll simply sign with other franchises which will hurt the development of your better prospects--sticking them in situations they're not ready to handle--especially those just turning pro. Personally I think Pyett has had an excellent year and Vernace not far behind and to be honest from what little I've seen I'd prefer either over Gilroy. Parlett's a younger player and this has been his best season which tells us what?--mostly that he's continuing to get better--whether that means he'll be a regular NHL d-man is one thing but what you look for in any prospect is his continuing to improve--when he stops doing that--that's what you got. Parlett is getting better.
I would rather have a D that had player with more potential having NHL contracts.
Klassen signed a AHL deal after having a NHL deal and now has earned a NHL deal again.
Any of the 3 not interested in a AHL deal can walk
So...... how long are they going to wait? Because next thing we know, Lundy might no longer be on this team after next year. I'm assuming they drafted him to clear the crease and protect Lundqvist WHICH NO ONE ON THIS TEAM CAN DO maybe except Sauer.
Scouting reports from the minute he was drafted projected it would take 3-4 years for McIlrath to develop his game and make an NHL debut. McD took 3.5 years. I'm not worried in the slightest about how long McIlrath's development has took.
Now if he was sucking ass in the AHL (and going off of Beacon's and others analyses, he hasn't) then I'd be with you.
Just my opinion. Yeah I hear good things as well but they grab Hamrlik and Gilroy. McI hasn't even seen one game,I'm just trying to read between the lines here,from my view
Not saying that's all he will be,so I should have said it better. Basically I have a feeling he is going to never be utilized. Why hasn't he got a shot over Eminger,Gilroy even. 40 yr old Hamrlik
Apparently they don't have faith in the kid at all
Relax. A guy by the name of Mike Sauer played 177 AHL games. Parts of three seasons. In that time the Rangers let him see a total of three games as a taste. Many of us (including me) had written him off. He turned out to be a pretty good NHLer though, until he was hurt.
McIlrath has played a total of 38 AHL games. He's 20. I think we have a little time here.