Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 3/23/13

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)
In an interview with Blueshirts United, Rangers 2010 first round pick Dylan McIlrath says about his NHL readiness... "That's my No. 1 goal even right now is to get that call up. Obviously I'm not going to get that until I'm ready. I think I'm ready. If it doesn't happen this year, then fine." McIlrath's defensive coach with the Whale, Jeff Beukeboom, said this about the young defenseman's development... "He's a hard-worker. He's an in-your-face defensive defenseman that hits hard and doesn't mind sticking up for his teammate. He's improved dramatically as the season has gone by, and every week it seems like he's getting better and better." For more quotes from these two, click here. ...man the Rangers could have used McIlrath's toughness this season. I will be rooting for him, more than any other Rangers prospect, to make the team out of camp next fall. ...real happy to hear that he's improved dramatically in all aspects of his game. After the knee injury and from initial reports I was concerned he'd need another full year in Hartford before he was ready. That doesn't sound like the case anymore. Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.
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