Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 9/7/12

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Dylan McIlrath, drafted tenth overall by the New York Rangers poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
2010 first-round pick Dylan McIlrath suffered a dislocated knee cap in the Rangers prospect camp over the summer at the hands of Kyle Jean, putting his attempt at making the Rangers on ice for this season. Jean and McIlrath are likely to be teammates with the Connecticut Whale this season

Bruce Berlet of Howlings.net spoke to McIlrath recently about his rehab and his thoughts on the upcoming season.

...“(The injury) was a bit of a speed bump, but I’ve been trying to recover and get my rehab going and just looking forward to whenever camp starts,” McIlrath told Marc Smith of Discover Moose Jaw. “I won’t be ready (for training camp), but around that time I’ll get the go-ahead to start skating, so I’m looking forward to it. 

No one wants to get injured, but when you do, you’ve just got to take it with a positive attitude and try to get back playing as soon as possible,” McIlrath said."...

Speaking of injured defenseman, Michael Sauer doesn't appear to be progressing as much as we thought. Berlet informs us Sauer's road to recovery is still laced with obstacles.

...Sauer was sidelined for the season with a concussion thanks to a big hit from Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf on Dec. 5. But the Rangers aren’t optimistic that he’ll be ready for the season because Sauer isn’t symptom-free and could be placed on the long-term injury list... 
  • I was really looking forward to seeing McIlrath compete in training camp and see the progress he has made. Hopefully, this injury doesn't hamper his continued development this year.
  • Hearing Sauer isn't symptom free really has me worried we may never see him lace up the skates again. Still very early in his recovery, but it's been riddled with setbacks.
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