Originally written on Save By Richter  |  Last updated 7/17/14

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)
With the New York Rangers in a bind with cap space currently, chances are they will take a chance bringing up some younger players to fill in roles when needed. They need younger players to step up, more on offense currently, however, there are still plenty of defensive prospects who could see some time over the course of the season. Here is a breakdown of what you might see out of the younger players coming up through the Rangers system on defense and how they got to this point so far.  Dylan McIlrath, Defense McIlrath was chosen for one reason back in 2010 and that’s his aggressive, physical style of gameplay he brings from the back end. He doesn’t bring much on the offensive side (though the Rangers hoped that part of his game would develop) the the puck, however, he has a good shot and his puck distribution has been improving over time. He still has some work to do, the 2013-2014 AHL season was his first full pro season after missing half of last season with a serious knee injury.  He has accumulated 290 PIM the last 2 seasons with plenty of fights to his name at the AHL level. The Rangers still think he can step in as time goes on and eventually be a bruising defenseman in the lineup every night. Connor Allen, Defense Allen was another Rangers college free-agency pick up signed in March 2013 after a stellar junior season at UMass-Amherst. That season he posted 5-14-19 in 33 games along with 53 PIM before signing and joining the Rangers farm system. In his rookie AHL season with the Hartford Wolfpack, Allen had a strong campaign posting 31 points and 71 PIM in 72 games. He also played well enough to join the Rangers for 3 games during the regular season. Allen is still young and needs some time to develop in the professional ranks before a full time gig in the NHL. Still, the potential is there and Allen could make an appearance this season. Mat Bodie, Defense Bodie was signed after captaining Union’s 2014 NCAA Championship run by the Rangers after a strong 4 year college career. Bodie is only on a 1-year deal and is more of a depth option, but provided plenty of good play at his time with Union College. Playing in 154 games during his 4 seasons, Bodie had 124 points and was considered a team leader the entire way. One never knows how these types of signings will work out (i.e. Matt Gilroy) but if he proves his worth in the AHL this season, he could see another contract and some future time in the NHL. The only other real prospect for the Rangers defensively going forward is Brady Skjei, who has made considerable leaps while playing for the University of Minnesota and also with the United States World Junior squad. He will return to college for his junior season based on his own decision, as he feels his development will continue there. At the end of this season, he is likely to join the Rangers farm system and start his pro career.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Warner impressed by progress made by pupil Kaepernick

Yordano Ventura threatened Jose Bautista on Twitter

Giants GM confirms he has spoken with Jason Pierre-Paul

Sam Bradford on target to start season opener for Eagles

NFL official: Footballs known to have leaks 'right out of the box'


Bills suspend assistant coach for first six games of 2015

Trent Richardson has 50-50 chance at making Raiders roster

Rex Ryan takes subtle jabs at Jets' upper management

Everett Golson responds to Paul Finebaum's criticism

Mark Sanchez says it ‘crazy’ to call Chip Kelly racist

Malcolm Butler daring Brady to throw his way in practice

What should be expected from Aaron Rodgers in 2015?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is waiting for Tim Duncan to match him

Report: James Harden received $200 million offer to join Adidas

Adrian Peterson, son featured in Vikings' 'Family Day' tweet

July's best and worst players in Major League Baseball

Why TCU and Baylor will again dominate the Big 12

WATCH: Dez Bryant throws punches at training camp

There's no need for Notre Dame to join a conference

WATCH: Benches clear during Royals-Blue Jays game

Jim Harbaugh gives Nicki Minaj a shoutout on Twitter

The Kardashian sisters still call Caitlyn Jenner 'Bruce'

Tennessee fan recreates Neyland Stadium in backyard

Rangers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Notre Dame doesn't need a conference

Rex takes jabs at Jets' management

Sanchez: It's 'crazy' to call Chip racist

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker