NHL Draft Results: New York Rangers Go Off the Board and Draft Dylan McIlrath

June 25th, 2010 by Greg Caggiano Leave a reply »
With top-five ranked defenseman Cam Fowler still on the board and top-ten Brandon Gormley, the Rangers chose to go past them and take fifteenth-ranked physical defenseman Dylan McIlrath.

This move came as a complete shock, especially with two great defenseman available and goaltender Jack Campbell, whom analyst Russ Cohen suggested the Rangers draft.

Needless to say, I was disappointed at the pick. Personally, I wanted Tarasenko, but that quickly faded with Fowler still on the board. But now, I am trying to find the light in this pick, and I guess when you consider that the Rangers already had his name stitched on the jersey, that means they really wanted him and targeted him over everyone else.

Fans and management alike swear by Gordie Clark’s brilliance at drafting, so I will trust him on this one. The Rangers have not have a tough-as-nails defenseman since Jeff Beukeboom—Purinton and Erik Reitz not included.

I and everyone else have been complaining about an abundance of softness on the Rangers, especially the back-end, and this move will fix that in a year or two.

If this is the direction the R ...

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