After a breakout season with the Blueshirts’ AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolfpack, the New York Rangers have re-signed restricted free agent Dylan McIlrath to a one-year deal, according to Larry Brooks with the New York Post.
McIlrath, who would need to clear waivers, in for one year at $600,000.
— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) July 15, 2015
Selected 10th overall in the 2010 NHL entry draft, the 23-year-old defenseman played in 182 games with the Pack over the past five seasons. In the 2014-15 season, McIlrath registered 17 points—six goals and 11 assists—in 73 games. This year, he also established an AHL career-high for games played, shots on goal and tied career-highs in goals, assists, points game-winning goals and penalty minutes, according to NHL.com.
Shifting their focus from the team’s overall speed, the Rangers are now looking to beef up the size and intimidation factor to help better stave off offensive powerhouse teams, such as the New York Islanders, Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals.
Nicknamed “the Undertaker”—for his brute force strength on the ice—McIlrath is the type of player who isn’t afraid to throw his gloves. The scrappy 6-foot-5 Winnipeg-native has already racked up a total of 16 penalties-in-minutes in only three appearances with the Blueshirts.
Before turning pro, McIlrath played four seasons with the Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL), where he put up over 100 PIMs per season.
What an unbelievable experience, would like to thank the @NYRangers for the opportunity to be a part of the journey!
— Dylan McIlrath (@dylan_mcilrath) June 14, 2014
Whether or not the addition of young blood will help the Rangers on the quest for their cup, the addition of McIlrath to the starting roster is just what the Blueshirts need to improve their defense.