Dylan McIlrath Has Chance to Step Up for Battered and Bruised Blueshirts

November 1st, 2014 by Tom Urtz Jr. Leave a reply »

There’s a saying that goes, “When it rains it pours,” and right now the New York Rangers’ blue line is covered with rain clouds, thunder and lightning.

The Rangers have lost captain Ryan McDonagh for the foreseeable future, as he separated his shoulder after being checked into the boards by Evander Kane:

Kevin Klein was also knocked out of the Blueshirts’ contest against the Winnipeg Jets, and both defenders join Dan Boyle on the injury list.

In addition to the three injuries, John Moore is currently serving a suspension for a hit delivered to Erik Haula during a game against the Minnesota Wild, so the Rangers will be without him as well.

With four of the Rangers' top six defenders not in a condition to play, it could be time for the Blueshirts to call up prospect Dylan McIlrath from the Hartford Wolf Pack.

The Rangers’ 2010 first-round draft pick has spent his time exclusively in Hartford since leaving the Moose Jaw Warriors, and at age 22, the time for him to get his start is now. McIlrath should be a likely candidate to ...

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