Dylan Reese was drafted out of the the Pittsburgh Forge of the NAHL. 7th Round (209th Overall), 2003 Draft by NY Rangers.
After missing 15 games, including the 2004 WJC due to a back injury, Reese bounced back to have an outstanding sophomore campaign in 2004-05. He led all Crimson defensemen in scoring with 19 points (7goals, 12 assists) playing in all 34 games this season. Reese, who played alongside senior Ryan Lannon (PIT) for nearly the entire year, was a member of the one of the best defensive corps in the nation.
While much has been written about Reese’s offensive skills and outstanding skating and transitioning abilities, what isn’t mentioned as much is his hockey smarts and his continually improving sound defensive game. What has made Reese such a valuable commodity to the Crimson’s blueline corps this season has been his continued improvement in the mental aspects of the game.