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Rangers recall ’10 first-rounder McIlrath

Dec 11, 2013, 6:48 PM EST

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Alain Vigneault hasn’t been happy with the Rangers defense this season and on Wednesday, he did something about it.

The Rangers recalled Dylan McIlrath from AHL Hartford, according to the New York Daily News. McIlrath, 21, was the club’s first-round pick (1oth overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and has appeared in 23 games for the Wolf Pack this season, scoring three goals and seven points.

The towering defenseman (6-foot-5, 215 pounds) spent all of last year in the AHL but felt he had “a legitimate shot” of making the NHL this season. A tough, physical player that isn’t afraid to fight, McIlrath was dropped from the Rangers just prior to the end of training camp.

It’s not surprising Vigneault and the Rangers brass are giving McIlrath a look. The head coach carved up his defense last week, saying the unit has been disappointing aside from Ryan McDonagh, the only blueliner than Vigneault felt had played beyond expectations this year.

The McIlrath recall also likely has to do with the health of Marc Staal, who has missed the last few games with a concussion. It’s worth noting this promotion comes a day after the Blueshirts brought Arron Asham back into the fold, as Vigneault said the lineup needed more grit and toughness.

  1. nyeagles10 - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    can’t wait to see this kid just not with these circumstabces get well soon staal

  2. stcrowe - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    I wish the kid well, but I get the sense that he is primarily an enforcer. I just don’t see him helping the defence, and certainly not filling the hole left by Marc Staal.

  3. alicesrightfootesq - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:28 PM

  4. 950003cups - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    and that’s why they needed to keep Dubinsky, and Prust.

    • johnstone17 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      I loved both Dubinsky & Prust, but not at the money they were making.

      • geejon - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM

        Nonsense. If stiffs who bring nothing to the table like Boyle and Pyatt can make $1.7 mil and $1.5 mil respectively, then Prust’s $2.5 cap hit was not outrageous. He’s been missed in so many ways its not even funny.

      • johnstone17 - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:16 AM

        I don’t deny he’s been missed I I agree with you on Boyle & Pyatt, but 2.5 for a fourth liner is a little too expensive.

      • moarjam - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        Dubi and prust brought a lot of intangibles to the table. It’s hard to measure what that is worth.

        They both couldn’t put the puck in the net consistently and that’s what tends to get you the big bucks.

        I will say this team is much softer since these two left.

  5. xdj511 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    All I’ve seen of this kid in training camps is that he’s frequently running out of position to make big hits. If AV is pissed at MDZ for poor decisions that are leading to odd man rushes for the other teams, then McIlrath had better not play like he did in September, or his stay will be brief.

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