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Michael Del Zotto
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When will McIlrath be intimidating NHL forwards?
The Rangers drafted Dylan McIlrath 10th overall in 2010 and ever since, media and fans have been waiting for his arrival. While McIlrath is now completely healthy and at Rangers camp looking to make the team there doesn’t appear space in the defensive unit even though his style is an absolute need.
The Rangers are blessed with a strong top four when Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh and Michael Del Zotto are all fit and able. With Anton Stralman a solid depth option it leaves a whole raft of ifs and buts to scrap it out for the 6th and 7th defensive spots. McIlrath will be fighting it out with Aaron Johnson, Danny Syvret, Justin Falk, John Moore and even the likes of Stu Bickel for a roster spot.
The problem here is not ability. John Moore aside, McIlrath has much more upside than any of the other options who are realistically in the frame for the top six. McIlrath needs game time. The Rangers top four will eat up the vast majority of ice time and given his lengthy absence last year the last thing the Rangers want to do to with McIlrath is curb – or stall – his development by offering up five or six minute cameos.
McIlrath probably needs to outperform the likes of Stralman and Del Zotto and not the depth guys if he is to make the Rangers. McIlrath will have to be an absolute force through camp and pre-season because merely being ‘ready’ isn’t going to be enough. If he is ready for a depth assignment he should be in Hartford. If he is ready for a significant role – which is unlikely at this stage – then he could factor into the Rangers. McIlrath needs twenty minutes a night.
As is often the case with players of his style and size, patience is required even if it feels like the wait has been forever. If it means the Rangers receive a dominant, intimidating presence for the next half a decade, a full season knocking players over in the minor leagues is the right course action for Dylan McIlrath.
BEST OF MAXIM
Following today’s cuts, the Rangers have announced the roster for tomorrow’s preseason kickoff against the Devils (per Katie Strang).
Forwards: Arron Asham, Brian Boyle, Ryan Bourque, Marek Hrivik, Chris Kreider, Danny Kristo, Brandon Mashinter, Dominic Moore, Rick Nash, Shawn O’Donnell, Darroll Powe, Brad Richards
Defense: Marc Staal, John Moore, Justin Falk, Aaron Johnson...
It signs the contract or else it gets the hose again.
Up until pre-season games start up in earnest, the fan focus around Rangerland will continue to be Derek Stepan’s unresolved contract situation. The boys around here have done a fantastic job covering the specifics, comparables and negotiating leverage surrounding the Blueshirt’s final RFA, but I wanted to examine a slightly...
Ah, the impatient and rarely satisfied New York Rangers fans. Despite the high degree of drafting success the Rangers have enjoyed under Player Personnel Director Gordie Clark and his staff, Blue Shirt backers still aren’t happy with the selection of Dylan McIlrath, selected 10th overall in 2010 and who has failed to make it to […]
With training camp upon us, we enter the Final Four of the offseason tournament for the Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout. As we enter the final days, we want to thank Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8) for pitching this idea to us. It was a great success and we hope you had as much fun voting as we did posting and seeing the results. The first Final...
Henrik Lundqvist beat out Ryan Callahan in yesterday’s Final Four matchup in Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout tournament. Today, #2 Dan Girardi takes on #4 Derek Stepan in the other Final Four matchup, with the winner facing Hank for the tournament title. We want to thank Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8) for pitching this idea to us. It was a great...
As expected, the Rangers made their first cuts after today’s scrimmage. The cuts were all players that did not partake in the intra-squad game. Generally speaking, the first round of cuts is usually CHL players bound for Juniors anyway, and AHL players that likely just didn’t make the cut during camp this year.
Those that were reassigned to their respective Juniors teams:
Per Dan Rosen of NHL.com, New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan has stated he will not be ready in time for the season opener on October 3 against the Phoenix Coyotes. Both he and Carl Hagelin had offseason shoulder surgery. Since Cally is expected to miss the opener, it is expected that Hagelin will miss the opener as well. That means the Rangers will need two additional forwards...
Biron is at the center of an unexpected goalie competition.
When August turned to September, the one position that had zero uncertainty was goaltender. Henrik Lundqvist is the starter, and Martin Biron was supposed to be the backup. A wrench was thrown into that plan when Biron missed the first two days of camp with a personal issue, and the Rangers invited former Devil Johan Hedberg...
As time ticks away with Derek Stepan not in the Rangers training camp there’s growing doubt that when he comes back — if he comes back — that he can fit right in immediately.
There was no news on Saturday concerning the restricted free agent’s contract holdout as both the team and Stepan’s agent are negotiating over terms. And with now two days of full practice behind...
Derek Stepan unsigned and therefore out of camp is seeking nothing other from the Rangers than “the fair market value he has earned” Matt Oates the center’s agent told The Post on Thursday.
“Derek isn’t interested in negotiating his contract through the press but there’s been a lot of speculation out there about what he’s asking for and this and that” Oates said...
The New York Rangers will have to build their offensive chemistry on the fly this season as new coach Alain Vigneault installs his system.Captain Ryan Callahan is recovering nicely from shoulder surgery, but he doesn’t expect to be ready for opening night. Fellow winger Carl Hagelin is facing the same scenario. Adding to the fun is the ongoing holdout of center Derek Stepan, who...
Make no mistake. The power play an oxymoronic term over the last two seasons in which the Rangers ranked 23rd in the NHL with the man advantage in both 2011-12 and 2012-13 is the ultimate responsibility of head coach Alain Vigneault.
“The buck stops with me” Vigneault said following Friday’s workout.
“I am going to empower [assistant Scott Arniel] on the power play and...
With the first preseason game coming up tomorrow, the Rangers are having a full team scrimmage today. Per Pat Leonard, the lines for each team are the following:
Team A forwards: Pouliot-Brassard-Zucc, Pyatt-Lindberg-Fast, Haley-Moore-Dorsett, Mashinter-St. Croix-Nicholls
Team A d-men and goalies: McDonagh-Girardi, Moore-Stralman, Allen-Hughes, B. Nash … Goalies Biron, Hedberg...
Fans clamoring for an end to the Derek Stepan contract stalemate received what appeared to be good news on the eve of camp when Nazem Kadri and the Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to a two-year (i.e. bridge) contract worth an average of $2.9MM per season. Kadri was widely viewed as a close comparable to Stepan […]
Per Katie Strang, JT Miller will not be skating over the next two games, and will not be participating in the Rangers first two preseason games against the Devils and Flyers next week. Miller limped off the ice on Thursday with an apparent hamstring injury, but skated the following day. Keeping him off the ice is likely just precautionary, as the team likely doesn’t want to push...