Rangers pick McIlrath


From the Rangers:

Moose Jaw Warriors defenseman chosen 10th overall

New York, June 25, 2010 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has selected defenseman Dylan McIlrath with the 10th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

“We feel very fortunate to be able to select Dylan and add a player of his caliber to our strong core of prospects,” stated Sather.  “He brings size and a physical presence along with good mobility and outstanding character.  We’ve watched him improve throughout the year and are looking forward to his continued development.”

McIlrath, 18, skated in 65 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season, registering seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points, along with 169 penalty minutes.  He received Moose Jaw’s Most Improved Player Award for the second consecutive season, establishing career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, penalty minutes, plus/minus rating (plus-20) and game-winning goals (two).  McIlrath ranked second on Moose Jaw with a plus-20 rating, and tied for third among team defensemen in goals, assists and points.  He also led the Warriors and ranked seventh in the league in penalty minutes.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was selected to participate in the 2010 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Top Prospects Game on January 20 as a member of Team Orr, and he finished second in the Hardest Shot event at the Skills Competition with a 91.8 mph shot.  The second-year defenseman made a plus-42 improvement in plus/minus rating over the previous season.  McIlrath finished the season strong, tallying 16 points (five goals and 11 assists) in 29 games after the New Year.  He registered four multi-point performances during the season, including a career-high, three-point effort on February 15 at Portland (one goal and two assists).  In addition, McIlrath registered one assist and 21 penalty minutes in seven playoff contests, making his WHL playoff debut on March 18 at Calgary and tallying his first career playoff point with an assist on March 23 vs. Calgary.

The 6-4, 212-pounder has appeared in 118 career WHL games over two seasons with Moose Jaw, registering eight goals and 20 assists for 28 points, along with 271 penalty minutes.  McIlrath entered the 2010 NHL Entry Draft as the sixth-highest ranked defenseman and 17th overall among North American skaters in the final Central Scouting Rankings.

The selection marked the fourth time in the last six years the Rangers have chosen a defenseman in the first round.  Two years ago, New York used their first selection (20th overall) to tab defenseman Michael Del Zotto, after selecting defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti with the 21st overall pick in 2006 and defenseman Marc Staal with the 12th overall selection in 2005.

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  1. “If he was the Rangers guy, they could have traded down and got an extra pick in the process”

    Exactly. Which is why Slats is just an overall dumb GM. I hate this guy with such a devilish passion. I want to light his hair on fire and rip that mole out of his face!

    Besides, isn’t Staal supposed to be our big physical D-man? Maybe Slats is losing confidence in him.

  2. could be somerset. ya never know why we really picked hi. i mean, i do like that hes big. hes tough. but for a 10th overall? cmon. hes got no offense. and while being something we do need in toughness on d, i just dont see why we couldnt get him later on, or even someone else in the other rounds. id take fowler just because hes a much better trade option if they want to include him for a center.

  3. wicky (mcilrath) on

    carped of course!! repost:

    thanks girl
    WOOOOO HOOOOO!!!! Filling a organizational need!!!

    you know good and well staal is not a big physical d man

  4. Rangers haven’t had a big physical defenseman since Jeff Beukeboom. They have one of the softest D’s in the league, have a ridiculous amount of offensive defenseman, this was their greatest need and they filled it perfectly. Good, solid pick.

  5. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was selected to participate in the 2010 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Top Prospects Game on January 20 as a member of Team Orr,……

    hahha orr u have your own team??? lol

  6. Shattenkirkheadzo the Situation on

    Schwartz pick was twittered before JD made the announcement. Carp is that info released minutes before TV?
    I could have done some blog arbitrage!

  7. again, it is not the kid, it is the fact that they did not take the best available player or the nearest to nhl ready

    and they could have gotten him later with a trade if sather was so hell bent on him

  8. Precisely. Nobody saw him play. We have puck movers, we have centers, we have some wingers. We do not have physical d- men. At all. No one beyond the fifth pick was going to be a sure thing. I wanted Johansen, if not- McIlrath. Don’t call a mistake, I think it was a safe pick.

  9. CR9 at a friends house! on

    I think Im going to join a nudist colony! Just checking to see if anybody’s reading! ha!

  10. Again, I’m not defending the pick … not at all. But he was ranked 17th among North American skaters, not 117th. Any of those defensemen are going to take a while. Things could definitely look a lot different in three years.

    Or this could be another Jessiman.

  11. Shattenkirkheadzo the Situation on

    If you read up on the undertaker he seems to be improving every year. Either that or they got him to put Redden out of commision! I can’t wait for his first fight with Avery!

  12. see, LA did not bend to the pressure to take a local kid. they took the best available

  13. Leatherneckinlv on

    You will all be glad for this pick..WE now have a compareable D-pair…in Leetch Buekeboom ….McIlrath and MDZ…he was just what we needed..

  14. there is a reason why fowler is 3rd overall and mcirath is 15th . u could have moved back to get him.

  15. Carped-Sounds like the Rangers drafted Rudy Poeschek again. Sorry Carp, I’m so out of touch with hockey with the Rangers disappearing so long ago.

    Oh yeah,,,FIRE SATHER!!!!!

  16. In a mock draft by an Eastern Conference scout, McIlrath was going 11th to Dallas.

    Which lends credence to the pick … unless that Eastern scout was from the Rangers.

  17. Why choose a player who maybe will be NHL ready in 3 or 4 years when you can choose a player who is ready to go? What is that logic? The rankings are generally filled with North American players, and the skilled European players are always overlooked. Another Canadian goon with little talent or brains who will maybe play in a few years is the choice? Disgraceful. The New York Rangers already have a front office filled with dumb former goons. Enough already.

  18. Not impressed with the pick, but not disappointed either. They need more muscle on D and this wasn’t a deep draft to begin with. After the first 4, things went down quickly. So, they got a big D. Good. Team needs more of those. Would I love to have gotten an awesome C or RW? Sure, but they weren’t going to be found at #10 in this draft. So. It is what it is. It will be about 5-6 years before we find out if this was a good pick or not.

  19. Gift of GAB-orik on

    lol… 6-4 215… that’s a big body. Hopefully he turns out to be a top 4 D man… i think we’d all take that.

  20. wicky (mcilrath) on

    you crack me up!!!! LMFAO!!!!

    I still think gudbranson and mcilrath are the two most guaranteed guys because their games are simple. scorers at junior level don’t always translate to the NHL (or in europe for that matter). Physical guys are physical guys, but are definitely the safer pics. For every crosby picked, there are 5 or 6 daigles or brendls. same goes for “positionally sound” puck mover or offencive d men.

    Did we get him too high, yep probably by a few spots. But it filled a huge hole in the organization.

  21. I don’t believe that because Dallas took a goalie, Jack Campbell with their pick. so it does not wash

  22. Orr,

    Were you even around with Dale Purinton was a Ranger?

    As Stuart said, how many of us have actually seen this guy?

    While the Rangers could have traded down, there were 4 teams or so that wanted this guy. They filled a need on this team.

  23. Carp …

    but the western scout had him going 25th. There’s no reason for him to be selected at number 10

    I got no problem with the Rangers drafting him just not at 10 when we could have maybe gotten another pick in the early 2nd round to have a shot at Kabanov or someone

  24. Tank The Season on

    A trade better be in the works because there are no UFAs who can help this team.

  25. >>Besides, isn’t Staal supposed to be our big physical D-man? Maybe Slats is losing
    >>confidence in him.

    From what I saw this past season, MDZ looked more like a physical defenceman than Staal did.

  26. Czechthemout!!!! on

    Carp I’m sorry but there is no way that this kid was the tenth best player in this draft. They could have moved down four or five spots even ten spots and still probably had this guy. This guy has zero comparison to buek. He is more like Purinton. What a waste.

  27. Gift of GAB-orik on

    we can nitpick all we want… we got who we got, and that’s that. I’m over it until the next story breaks, whether it be a signing, or a trade. Who really expected anything big out of the draft??

  28. Shattenkirkheadzo the Situation on

    McIlsather will be NHL ready by the time the Redden contract is done. Perfect timing. Our other skilled D-men will just be getting into their prime & will need protection. Unless of course Glather trades the young guys away for used puck bags.

  29. wicky (mcilrath) on

    out of everyone that we all talked about here for the rangers to pick first nino was the only one in my opinion that MIGHT have been ready for the NHL this year. I actually thought gudbranson was most ready player of the group.

  30. Fowler will be a top defenseman. No one thinks McIlrath will be anything but a tough guy. Tortorella claims to want “jam”, but his coaching record shows he is a disaster as a coach of tough guys. They have no idea what he wants from them, because Torts is so wrapped up in his own toughness issues. Get a shrink in that locker room fast.

  31. Gift of GAB-orik on

    i would have loved to read posts by you guys when they took MDZ… how many of you were excited about that pick?
    How many were excited about Gilroy? Didn’t somebody compare him to Brian Leetch??

    i think my point is clear.

  32. let me ask you all this question.

    how come pierre and mckenzie are in complete shock at this pick and they dont act like that for others.

    mckenzie has a clue so i would say it was a reach slide back and grab an extra pick

  33. dale purinton, really experts. bob know it all mckenizie had him rated 15th best player.

    think purinton was ever rated 15???

    all the experts on the site, experts at whining and complaining… how many of you clowns live in wester canada and go to the games out there???

  34. It’s pretty hard to believe especially with Sather’s trading abilities that he couldnt find a taker for the 10th pick

  35. >>lol… 6-4 215… that’s a big body.

    As the hockey saying goes, “You can’t teach size.”

  36. newsflash the guy is not playing in the nhl for 3 years even if he is great.. so for the einsteins that think they are drafting for next year get a clue.

    sure the firs 5 picks many years OK or forwards. Most D men take some time. Staal took time and he is great..yep I said it great…..

  37. I liked the Del Z pick, I wasn’t nuts aboot Sanguinetti, because the last Ranger fan picked 1st overall was……guess who???

    Cherepanov was the pick I was most excited aboot. Also, I liked the Krieder pick last season, especially since the Devs wanted him so much.

  38. The biggest problem with trying to determine where this guy should have been picked is that the draft is fairly random after the first 3-4 picks. Even more so when you don’t have a deep draft class. So, you can justify this pick at 10 or 25 without being right or wrong. I think it is pointless to get aggravated over this pick. We weren’t going to get a franchise changing player at 10 in this draft. What do the Rangers need? Physical D, scoring RW and a #1 center. There was only one of those available at 10 and they took it. Not to mention, they may have believed that he was the best player available at that point. They have done well in the draft the last few years, so I am not too concerned.

  39. wicky (mcilrath) on

    Dylan McIlrath on his fierce combative style: “I hope (the #NYR fans) welcome me with open arms bc my style will not change”

    McIlrath: “It’s an honor (to be chosen by #NYR)….they will not be disappointed, I promise you that”

    Wow, a fresh change form guys signing for money…an HONOUR to be chosen by rangers!!!

  40. CR9 at a friends house! on

    Purinton was rated 15th best player in a pee wee league, when he was 30 years old. That’s something.

  41. Czech, I completely agree it was too early to take this kid. I’m not making that argument. But he’s not Purinton. I guarantee you, nobody dreamed of taking Purinton in the first round.

    He’s definitely got a lot more in common with Beuk.

  42. agreed eric. Bob M knows his stuff. they just said that last year he said that Ryan ‘o Reilly would play in the nhl at 18, and he was right

    when Bob M is surprised in a negative way, then I don’t like the pick in that spot. later, yes

  43. Shattenkirkheadzo the Situation on

    Dubi – 60th overall
    Callahan – 127th overall
    ’nuff said

  44. Orr, the Rangers had only 1– #1 overall pick in the 60’s and like Jessiwoman, never played an HNL game. Don’t know his name, don’t care.

  45. Leatherneckinlv on

    I will defend the pick…it is easy to speculate, but with cap issues..need for and what not..maybe we just couldn’t trade that pick… though Redden’s contract comes into play once again…he did what was best for the Rangers in a team need…you know..picking Fowler would have been great…now how do you sign…a great move I think would have been to trade Lundqvuist and Redden to FLA for McCabe and 3rd and 15th picks and then draft Grunberson, Campbell and Bjugstad..the next player we need to target now is Bjugstad

  46. Gift of GAB-orik on


    We got out of the Gomez contract, that was a plus.
    We got a great season out of Gaborik… BIG plus.

    other than that….

  47. onecupin 70yearsand counting.. on

    The rangers immediate need is for a crushing d man, this kid isnt ready .
    The rangers have a shaky past with the draft ,this kid may or may not pan out, so what do they do in the mean time? Wait for the kid to develop? Or put the kid in a package ?

    There has to be great scorer somewhere in the draft,but the rangers won’t find him.

  48. i flat out hate this pick.

    hugh jessiman part 2. i can assure you that in no less than 2 years we will absolutely hate sather for taking mcilrath at number 10. there were better players available.

    i’m incredibly disappointed.

  49. You can’t take this team serious until Dredden, Dreary, and Blowzy are all gone.

    Until then, draft who ever the fugg they want. This team sucks, and Hank has to suffer through it. Poor Swedish Fish!

  50. ThisYearsModel on

    We still have nobody other than Gaborik that can score, and no center to play with him. But heck, we got us another defenseman.

  51. I have a hard time deciding if draft pick are good or bad. I think we need to see them at camp & in game situations to see where they stand & if they can play at this level.
    Some high pick turn out to be duds & some really low picks surprise everyone. Lets hope for the best with what we picked.
    But I do think a few trades will be made,

  52. wicky (mcilrath) on

    do you only listen to the part of the broadcast you want, bob m also said he was ranked at 15 but going at 10 was NOT a stretch. But spin it however you want.

  53. Gift of GAB-orik on

    hahaha! sweedish fish…. awesome.

    i do feel bad for Hank. stuck in nowhere land with this team. SHould i be mad at him for not sucking and costing us a top pick? (joking in case you weren’t sure!)

  54. wicky (mcilrath) on

    this year
    because someone else at 10 was going to help with that immediately???

  55. Hank should take off the next 2-3 years, and we should put his sister in net. We’d definitely get back to back 1st overall picks. Then we throw Hank back into the mix, and we’re good to go.

  56. I can see that many a blogger polished up their crystal balls before the draft tonight. Apparently every player drafted in the first round not named McIlrath is a future HOF’er.

  57. TheMessiah94 on

    Relax, everyone. I’m sure we’ll all understand the thinking that went into this pick when Sather has a press conference to explain it!

  58. wicky (mcilrath) on

    tweet from brooks

    Gordie Clark called back to Rangers’ table while chatting with press. May be a deal in works for later first round choice. Or not.

  59. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Lundqvist came so late in the draft i don’t think anyone noticed. All of a sudden he ends up in camp, plays well, Weeks gets hurt, and BANG, the rest is ranger goalie history.

    Surprises happen all over the draft, in every round. TOO EARLY TO HATE THIS PICK. You guys are bashing just for the sake of being negative…. and it’s bothersome. There’s a reason McKenzie is a TV analyst and not a GM. Experts? please…. educated guesses at best.

  60. Most Rangers fans have sadly learned all too well, that getting excited about Sather’s maneuvers generally ends in heartache. When obvious solutions are available, Sather goes for some wacky shot in the dark that rarely ends well. Don Maloney wins again.

  61. scouting report on

    from Yahoo—

    “10. New York Rangers
    The Pick: Dylan Mcilrath, D
    The Buzz: As tough as they come. The big defender (6-foot-4, 212 pounds) has been called an old-school type, a stay-at-home defenseman who doesn’t mind dropping the gloves one bit. He has good north-south speed and some offensive acumen as well. But his best trait is toughness; he scares people and opponents are wise to stay out of his way. Along with Marc Staal, the Rangers have an intimidating defense corps for the foreseeable future.


    the only thing that is worrisome is I notice they don’t praise his lateral movement. not good for a dman

  62. Big, physical D-men are available all the time. I think when you have the chance to take the overall consensus of 3rd/4th best player in the draft and you dont that is a mistake.

    Valentenko, Kundratek, Maggio are all prospects that have the Physical label in our system

    We need a Physical D-man now not 4-5 years from now. Fowler will be putting up 40-50 points a season by the time this kid is ready

  63. Coach Beeblebrox on

    Good pick. It fills a need that this team always fails to address. Messier and Graves wanted more toughness in the system and they got it. McIlrath is a true team player, a character guy, and he has hockey skills. For all the talk of his toughness, his understanding of the game, his positioning and his ability to read the play are all just as good. Sooner than everyone expects you will all love this pick.

  64. Shattenkirkheadzo the Situation on

    The first time McIlraith pops Carcillo all you nay-sayers will change your minds. Also, Girl-ardi won’t be able to sit by idly when our best player gets pounded by a goon, knowing that his job will be taken by a team oriented tough as nails d-man.

  65. Anyone else get the feeling that Gilroy and possibly
    Sanguinetti will be trade bait for a forward in a few days?

  66. I’m sure McIIrath is what we need, but a player like Fowler comes rarely and even if we don’t need more offensive def, we would have tradebait.

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