The Rangers have gotten a look at a lot of top prospects this year, but they might need to call up one more.
Between the injuries to the defense and lack of toughness something needs to be done. Things hit a breaking point when everyone stood around and let Max Pacioretty skate away after injuring Ryan McDonagh. Don Cherry even went as far as to call the Rangers an easy team to play against that no one fears.
Enter the 6-5, 200 lbs. “undertaker” named Dylan McIlrath.
McIlrath may only have one point in 23 games, but it is the nine fights and 79 penalty minutes the Rangers need. The Rangers have not had a fight since February 14th against the Islanders, and there have been more than a couple of incidents that called for the Rangers to stick up for each other. The only moment I can even remember this season of a teammate sticking up for another is Stu Bickel going after Tom Sesito for taking a cheap shot on Jeff Halpern, and that was way back in the first few games.
The Rangers need some of this:
McIlrath may not be the ready or the most skilled defenseman, but he can certainly fill a void that was created when the Rangers lost Brandon Prust, Brandon Dubinsky, and Mike Rupp over the last year. Toughness, energy, and effort is all McIlrath needs to bring to the table and he sure as heck isn’t afraid to stick up for a teammate.