McIlRath though is the type of guy to take things slow with. Don't even want to consider him for the NHL until he's 22-23. Defensemen usually take a bit longer, and throw in his size, along with the need to learn when and how to be physical, you are talking down the road.
No problem with that... If he becomes Brooks Orpik then we have soemthing extremely useful.
To be fair, McIlrath seems to be using much larger pads than Kreider, and his jersey is immense. As a skill forward, I would suspect Kreider wears smaller pads than a hard-hitting defenseman. Underneath he may not be built much larger than Kreider. But yeah, he looks like a monster.
You figure he'll play at somewhere between 6'4"-6'6" / 240lbs. Pronger sized. McIlrath physics?
Clark said by the time the Rangers’ second-round pick came along at No. 40, the centers they liked, such as Brock Nelson, who went to the Islanders at No. 30 after the Islanders traded up for the last pick in the first round, and Nick Bjugstad were off the board.
You do not know how much this breaks my heart Realistically, did they think they'd really get him @ 40? I'm thinking trade up or trade down if McIlrath wasn't there.