In the tradition of Jordan Staal and Michael Del Zotto, the Rangers take another d-man in the NHL Draft. With the 10th pick, they took Canadian defenseman Dylan McIlrath, ranked 17th in the NHL Central Scouting ranks from Moose Jaw of the WHL.
Here's NHL.com's Scouting Report:
Director of NHL Central Scouting, E.J. McGuire
"Big and mean, old-time typical NHL defenseman. He scares people not only with some frequent fights he might get in, but with 6-4, 212 lbs. straight ahead speed and offensive ability to match. Often, and in a very complimentary sense, makes puck carriers cut to the other side of the ice with his intimidating size."
Moose Jaw Warriors head coach Dave Hunchak
"An old school defensemen who plays hard and very physical. A great deal of untapped potential that can be used in shut down situations as well as on the offensive side of the puck."
Moose Jaw Warriors radio broadcaster James Gallo
"17-year-old Dylan Mcilrath's large frame casts a shadow that many NHL scouts and opposing teams have taken notice of. His strong defense and punishing physical play has turned him into a fan favourite at the Civic Center."
That punishing stuff is no joke. He had 19 fighting majors last season in juniors.
Here's some personal favorites:
NHL Team: Montreal Canadiens
NHL Player: Shea Weber
Shootout move: "Shoot low blocker"
Video Game: Mario Cart N64
Movie: The Green Mile
TV Show: Entourage
Actor: Tom Hanks
Cartoon: Family Guy
Book: Playing with Fire by Theo Fleury
Pump-up song: "Right Now" by Van Halen
Sport (other than hockey): Volleyball
Activity away from the rink: Guitar, Hanging out with friends
Breakfast food: Eggs, Bacon
More to come.