Ok so I went on a little rant this morning about the McIlrath pick without knowing a lot of the facts which is never a good thing. Being hungover from the draft party didn't help either.
After finally reading Larry Brooks article which states that Dallas was going to take McIlrath at #11 and seeing Bob McKenzie's tweet that he wasn't getting past #15 I have to take back my criticism of the Rangers not trading down to get him.
With all the top forwards gone and the Rangers not needing another offensive defenseman, McIlrath makes a whole lot of sense. And obviously this was not a panic pick as I ridiculously stated. The Rangers did their homework and got their man.
And how can I disagree with Gordie Clark especially when he says this about McIlrath who is awesomely nicknamed "The Undertaker"...
Jeff Gorton, the Rangers' Assistant Directory, Player Personnel added this on McIlrath. While Mark Messier continued heaping praise on the bruising defenseman here.
More on McIlrath's toughness at Blue Notes, SI.com, The Prospect Park and Puck Daddy.
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