Dylan McIlrath

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Dylan McIlrath
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Born (1992-04-20) April 20, 1992 (age 25)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 236 lb (107 kg; 16 st 12 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Detroit Red Wings
Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
New York Rangers
Florida Panthers
NHL Draft 10th overall, 2010
New York Rangers
Playing career 2011–present

Dylan McIlrath (born April 20, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He played junior hockey for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and was drafted by the New York Rangers, 10th overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[1] Known for his fighting ability, his nickname is "The Undertaker".[2] McIlrath is of majority Scottish descent.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

McIlrath was drafted into the Western Hockey League (WHL) 46th overall by the Moose Jaw Warriors in the 2007 Bantam Draft. He started his WHL career with the Warriors during the 2008–09 season, playing in 53 games and scoring 67 goals In 2009–10, McIlrath improved, along with the Warriors as a whole, and scored seven goals while playing in 65 games. He attracted notice from professional scouts due to his NHL draft eligibility, and was selected to play for Team Orr at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game. The highlight of this game for McIlrath was a convincing victory in a fight against Team Cherry's Alexander Petrovic. During the Warriors' seven-game playoff series against the eventual WHL champions, the Calgary Hitmen, McIlrath played every game and recorded an assist.

Professional[edit]

On March 17, 2011, McIlrath signed his first NHL contract with the New York Rangers, the team that drafted him tenth overall in 2010. He played two regular season games at the end of the 2010–11 season with the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Connecticut Whale, in which he did not register a point but accumulated seven penalty minutes. After Moose Jaw was eliminated from the WHL playoffs at the end of the 2011–12 season, McIlrath once again joined the Whale.[3] After Connecticut was eliminated from the AHL playoffs, McIlrath was added to the New York Rangers' 2012 playoff roster.[4]

After spending the 2012–13 season in Connecticut, McIlrath was again added to the Rangers' playoff roster.[5] On December 11, 2013, he was recalled to the Rangers for the first time during the NHL regular season.[6] He made his NHL debut on December 12, 2013, against the Columbus Blue Jackets.[7] After a strong pre-season showing, McIlrath was named to the full 23-man roster on October 2, 2015 and on December 15, 2015 he scored his first NHL goal.

McIlrath played a total of 34 games for the Rangers in the 2015–16 season, scoring 2 goals and 2 assists, and accumulating 64 penalty minutes. His most notable fight of the season was on Valentine's Day against Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, who had punched and concussed Rangers' captain Ryan McDonagh in an earlier (February 6) game between the two teams.[8]

McIlrath had a poor training camp in 2016 and spent the early part of the 2016–17 season as a reserve defenceman, only making one appearance with the team before he was placed on waivers on October 27.[9] He was re-assigned to play four games in the AHL with the Wolf Pack before he was traded by the Rangers to the Florida Panthers in exchange for D Steven Kampfer and a conditional 7th round pick on November 8, 2016.[10] After five games with the Panthers, and stints in the AHL with affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds, Mcllrath was traded for the second time within the season by the Panthers to the Detroit Red Wings along with a conditional third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Thomas Vanek on March 1, 2017.[11][12] He was assigned to the Red Wings' AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.[13] McIlrath recorded four assists in 21 games for the Griffins during the regular season. During the 2017 Calder Cup playoffs, he recorded five assists, and a team-best plus-10 rating in 19 playoff games, and helped lead the Griffins to the Calder Cup.

On June 29, 2017, the Red Wings signed McIlrath to a two-year contract extension.[14]

Personal life[edit]

McIlrath is a Scottish-Canadian[15] As a junior, Mcllrath was influenced to model his play after Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 53 1 3 4 102
2009–10 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 65 7 17 24 169 7 0 1 1 21
2010–11 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 57 5 18 23 129
2010–11 Connecticut Whale AHL 2 0 0 0 7
2011–12 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 52 3 20 23 127 14 0 6 6 12
2011–12 Connecticut Whale AHL 5 0 0 0 9
2012–13 Connecticut Whale AHL 45 0 5 5 125
2013–14 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 62 6 11 17 165
2013–14 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 7
2014–15 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 73 6 11 17 165 15 0 2 2 23
2014–15 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 9
2015–16 New York Rangers NHL 34 2 2 4 64 1 0 0 0 0
2016–17 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 4
2016–17 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 4 0 0 0 11
2016–17 Florida Panthers NHL 5 1 0 1 10
2016–17 Springfield Thunderbirds AHL 18 1 3 4 28
2016–17 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 21 0 4 4 42 19 0 5 5 25
NHL totals 43 3 2 5 94 1 0 0 0 0

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
WHL
CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game 2010 [17]
AHL
Calder Cup (Grand Rapids Griffins) 2017 [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DeLessio, Joe (2010-06-28). "Meet Dylan McIlrath, the Rangers first round pick". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  2. ^ Salerno, Mike (2010-09-08). "Relax New York Rangers Fans, You're Going to Love Dylan McIlrath". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  3. ^ "Connecticut Whale Transaction History". Connecticut Whale. April 30, 2012. Archived from the original on April 20, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ Gourlie, M. (May 15, 2012). "McIlrath added to Rangers playoff roster". Moose Jaw Times-Herald. Archived from the original on October 22, 2013. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Rangers call up 10 players from Whale". New York Rangers. April 28, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  6. ^ Dylan McIlrath Gets The Call, Joins The Rangers
  7. ^ "Dylan McIlrath". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  8. ^ Cole, Mike (2016-02-15). "Wayne Simmonds, Dylan McIlrath Have Spirited Fight After Pregame Chat (Video) | NHL". NESN.com. Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  9. ^ "Dylan McIlrath waived by New York Rangers". Newsday. 2016-10-17. Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  10. ^ "Florida Panthers Acquire Dylan McIlrath from New York Rangers". [National Hockey League. 2016-11-08. Retrieved 2016-11-08. 
  11. ^ "Panthers acquire Vanek from Red Wings". The Sports Network. 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  12. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (March 1, 2017). "Red Wings acquire pick and defenseman for Vanek". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved March 1, 2017. 
  13. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (March 1, 2017). "Red Wings assign Mcilrath to Griffins". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved March 1, 2017. 
  14. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (June 29, 2017). "Lashoff and Mcilrath signed to two-year contract extensions". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved June 29, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Dylan McIlrath". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  16. ^ Neate, Sager (June 21, 2010). "NHL prospect profile: Dylan McIlrath". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved November 9, 2016. 
  17. ^ "CHL Announces Rosters for the 2010 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game". Windsor Spitfires. December 20, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2017. 
  18. ^ Wakiji, Dana (June 13, 2017). "Grand Rapids Griffins win Calder Cup at home". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Chris Kreider
New York Rangers first round draft pick
2010
Succeeded by
J. T. Miller