“On merit, he should (be on Team Canada’s WJC team); maybe they just think he’s a one trick pony. He’s the king of the jungle, there’s no doubt about that. He can skate. His puck skills have not been great, but I think they’re getting better as he gets more confident. I would think if he’s not a candidate this year (for the WJC) he’ll be a candidate next year. If I was picking the team, he’d be at the camp. But that’s me.”
...from Thompson's report it sounds like McIlrath has a lot of development to do, so anyone that had any hopes of McIlrath competing for a spot next season should probably drop them.