Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 11/3/14

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 a piece on the Rangers prospects awards, Leslie Treff at Hockey's Future says this about Dylan McIlrath's development... "The 2012-13 season was McIlrath's first season as a pro, and he made a good adjustment. There were times when he was absolutely invisible on the ice, but there were other times when he inflicted bone crushing hits and cleared the crease very well. The 21-year-old remains on target to become Rangers' opponents' most hated blueliner. Still refining his fighting skills and learning positioning, McIlrath is probably two to three years away from fully developing physically and becoming all the Rangers hoped for, but he is currently the best defensive prospect in the system." ...now just because Treff is saying McIrath is 2-3 years away from fully developing doesn't mean that's how long it'll take for him to be in the NHL, but what she's saying pretty much jives with what everyone else who scouts him reports. ...skating seems to be his biggest hangup...
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