Is McIlrath the crease clearing, Beukeboom type defenseman every Ranger fan craves? Absolutely. Were the top forwards the Rangers seeking all taken? For the most part.
But wow at #10 you want to come away with a better player than him.
What I can't understand is if McIlrath was the player they wanted they could have easily traded down to get him and added some late round picks.
I'm wondering if it was a panic pick after all the forwards they were interested in were taken, they weren't convinced Tarasenko would be coming over from the KHL and they didn't feel an offensive defenseman (Fowler) was a need.
But what do I know. I wasn't in the war room and maybe no one wanted to trade up. I trust Gordie Clark's decision making and will root like heck that in 3-4 years this kid is making life miserable for Crosby.
Lots to get to today including draft party review, links to McIlrath, post first round reaction and getting ready for tonight's second round.