Dylan McIlrath
Image: NHL

Dylan McIlrath

Hometown:

Winnipeg Manitoba

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-04-20

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

1st round (10th overall), 2010

Weight:

212 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2008-09:  In his WHL rookie season, Dylan McIlrath, a third round pick of the Moose Jaw Warriors at the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft, played in 53 games for the Warriors.  He scored 1 goals and added 3 assists for 4 points while piling up 102 penalty minutes.  McIlrath was named the Warriors Most Improved Player.

2009-10: McIlrath played in 65 games for the Warriors, scoring 7 goals and adding 17 assists for 24 points.  He posted a +20 rating for the season while amassing 169 penalty minutes.  In 7 playoff games for the Warriors, McIlrath notched 1 assist.  He played for Team Orr at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game, getting into a spirited battle with Team Cherry’s Alexander Petrovic.

2010-11: McIlrath made his pro hockey debut, appearing in two games with AHL Connecticut following his WHL campaign with Moose Jaw. In two AHL contests he was scoreless and -1 with 7 PMs. In WHL play, McIlrath was once again one of the tougher defensemen for the Warriors. He was second to heavyweight Cody Beach (STL) with 153 PMs on a Moose Jaw club that finished second in the East Division. McIlrath, primarily a shut-down defender, scored 5 goals with 18 assists and was an even plus/minus in 62 games. McIlrath was scoreless and an even plus/minus in six playoff games for Moose Jaw with 15 PMs. McIlrath signed an entry-level contract with the Rangers in March, 2011.

2011-12: McIlrath returned to Moose Jaw for a fourth junior season after impressive New York Rangers coaches and staff with his play at the Traverse City rookie tournament and  in the main camp. He joined Connecticut for the AHL playoffs – skating in five games and finishing minus-one with 9 penalty minutes as the Whale reached the second round. McIlrath’s calling card with Moose Jaw was his physical play – though he also had 3 goals and had a career-high 20 assists. He skated in 52 games for the Warriors drawing a pair of suspensions that kept him out of eleven games and was second on Moose Jaw with 127 penalty minutes. The Warriors reached the Eastern Conference finals after winning the East Division in the regular season and in 14 playoff games McIlrath had 6 assists and was plus-three with 12 penalty minutes.

2012-13: McIlrath’s rookie season with Rangers AHL affiliate Connecticut  was delayed until the end of December due to a serious knee injury suffered in the summer but it took little time for him to make his presence felt. The 20-year-old unloaded a big hit on Bridgeport’s Marc Cantin (which resulted in a two-game suspension) and had his first AHL fight with Sound Tigers’ heavyweight Brett Gallant – both in the first period of his first game. In 45 games for the Whale he had 5 assists and was +7 and finished third on the team with 125 penalty minutes. Connecticut missed the AHL playoffs by two points despite finishing second in the Northeast Division.

 2013-14: Mcilrath made his NHL debut in two December games with the Rangers and skated for New York’s re-christened AHL affiliate the Hartford Wolfpack in his second pro season. He had no points and was -1 with 7 penalty minutes, averaging seven minutes of ice time, in his two-game NHL stint. McIlrath led the Wolfpack with 165 penalty minutes and was +2 with 6 goals and 11 assists in 62 games. Hartford missed the AHL playoffs, finishing third in the Northeast Division. 

2014-15: McIlrath appeared in one game with the Rangers in November and led AHL affiliate Hartford in penalty minutes for the second straight season. He had no points with 9 penalty minutes in eight minutes of action in a game against St. Louis. McIlrath had 165 penalty minutes and was +5 with 6 goals and 11 assists in 73 regular season games for the Wolfpack. Hartford finished first in the Northeast Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals. McIlrath was +2 with 2 assists and 23 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games. The Rangers re-signed McIlrath to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July 2015. 

Talent Analysis

McIlrath is a nasty, in-your-face defenseman who won’t back down and can clear the crease for his netminder. He is not afraid to fight or just intimidate, McIlrath has a good shot and his puck distribution has been improving but he needs to improve his skating and defensive positioning.

Future

McIlrath enters his fourth season in the Rangers' organization in 2015-16 and will look to secure a lower pairing role on the blue line in training camp. He has been a punishing physical presence for the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack and could provide some hardness on the back end.

New York Rangers 2013 draft preview

by Leslie Treff
on

JT Miller - New York Rangers

Photo: Selected 15th overall in the 2011 draft, forward J.T. Miller has quickly developed into a promising NHL player. (courtesy of Will Schneekloth/Icon SMI)

The New York Rangers have been through a lot of changes since the 2012 draft, most notably obtaining elite forward Rick Nash, which cost the team this year's first round selection, and gritty forward Ryan Clowe at the trade deadline, which cost New York's second round pick. So, unless there are more trades over the next few days, the Rangers will be very quiet in the early rounds on Sunday. But do not put it past General Manager and President Glen Sather to make some noise, as there are valuable players, including prospects, who can be traded to either move up in the draft or obtain an extra selection.

Read more»

Skilled forwards featured prominently in New York Rangers prospect awards

by Leslie Treff
on

Cristoval

Photo: Forward Cristoval Nieves had an excellent freshman season at the University of Michigan, managing 29 points in 40 games. (courtesy of Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

Many high-end New York Rangers prospects have graduated to the NHL over the last few years, and while that has resulted in a lot of success in the regular season, it has also created a dearth of elite young talent in the system. Despite this, several prospects who are currently in the system stood out during the 2012-13 season.

Read more»

Chris Kreider remains top prospect for New York Rangers

by Leslie Treff
on

Christian Thomas - New York Rangers

Photo: Winger Christian Thomas is one of several Rangers forward prospects who are playing their first season of professional hockey. (courtesy of Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New York Rangers boast excellent forward depth, with the likes of Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, and Mats Zuccarello all seeing some time on the NHL squad this season. The Rangers also have several other prospects who are close to making an impact in the NHL, including Christian Thomas, Jesper Fasth, and Dylan McIlrath.

Read more»

Wing and defense strong points for New York Rangers prospect pool

by Leslie Treff
on

Dylan McIlrath - New York Rangers

Photo: Drafted 10th overall in 2010, Dylan McIlrath brings size and toughness to the Rangers blue line. McIlrath has yet to suit up this season due to a knee injury suffered this past summer. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers have become one of the NHL teams that rely most on good player development. As the result of a rebuild that lasted at least half of the last decade, close to half of the players on the 2011-12 roster had either been drafted or signed as free agents out of junior hockey.

Read more»

Team Rankings: Anaheim Ducks continue to have solid talent at all positions

by HF Staff
on

Sami Vatanan - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: After playing the past three seasons in Finland, defenseman Sami Vatanen made his way to North America and currently plays for the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Below is the middle section Hockey’s Future’s NHL Team Rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by the staff of Hockey's Future. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year, with the second scheduled to be published in the Spring.

Read more»

Related Articles

Win a PlayStation 4 + a copy of NHL 16 from GameRevolution and Hockey's Future! Complete one or more of the action... in Contests on LockerDome