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Rangers drop prospects McIlrath, Kristo from camp

Sep 25, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers have sent forward Danny Kristo and defenseman Dylan McIlrath to AHL Connecticut, the club announced on Wednesday.

Kristo, 23, was originally Montreal’s second-round pick at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, acquired by the Rangers in July in exchange for Christian Thomas.

According to New York director of player personnel Gordie Clark, Kristo had “a good chance to fill” the open roster spots left by injured forwards Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan.

McIlrath, 21, was the Rangers’ first-round pick (10th overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The towering defenseman (6-foot-5, 215 pounds) spend last year in Connecticut and felt he had “a legitimate shot” of making the NHL this season.

But that didn’t happen.

The Rangers have added depth on the blueline over the last year, acquiring John Moore in the Marian Gaborik trade and signing Justin Falk in free agency. New York has also decided to take a longer look at Conor Allen, an undrafted free agent out of UMass-Amherst that appears to have a real shot of making the opening-night roster.

  1. DED - Sep 25, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Conor Allen? This is the first I’ve heard his name mentioned… ever. Has he even been on the ice this pre-season?

    • DED - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      Look, I wasn’t trying to be a jerk or anything but I’m serious: I haven’t heard his name mentioned at all. I watched a couple pre-season games and I didn’t hear his name called on the play-by-play. I sure heard Kristo’s name mentioned a lot. He was all over the puck. So that’s my surprise. How a guy who seems invisible can all of a sudden have a shot at the season opener. If anyone deserves a chance it should be Kristo.

      • gaborik104life - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        First Allen is not making the team simply for the reason of his cap hit and the amount of dmen currently on the team. The top 6 is set (Mac, Gir, Staal, MDZ, Moore, Stralman) throw in Falk and Bickel and you have 8 dmen. While Allen has been impressive better than Bicks and equal to Falk his cap hit is 1.7 something and that is too much to carry for the 7th or 8th dman on this team. He is good and will get tons of mins in the minors and it is likely to be seen at some point this year. How you have not noticed him I do not know whether or not the announcers have been saying his name his game makes you take notice because he looks solid.

      • DED - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:38 PM

        Thanks. I checked the boxscores. He’s played two pre-season games so far: against Philly and Edmonton. The two games I missed. Figures.

  2. jkay1818 - Sep 25, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Mcilrath is still young. He will get his shot in due time. Falk will be a healthy scratch each night but good for depth. He will be their 7th dman. A better version of eminger.

  3. jaredo10 - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Lindberg and Fast hopefully can fill our viods ..

  4. sportsfan69 - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Ok, enough is enough. Sign our best player now. Stephan

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