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Dylan McIlrath : 2010 NHL Draft Profile

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In preparation for the NHL Draft on June 25, Die by the Blade will profile potential Buffalo Sabres Draft Picks.  This feature will run daily with one or two players profiled each day.

Dylan McIlrath

Defense

Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)

6'-4"  215 lbs.

Shoots: Right

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

Date of Birth:  April 20, 1992

Stats:  65 GP, 7 G, 17 A, 24 PTS 169 PIM

Scouting Report

The Good - McIlrath is an old-school, physical, stay-at-home defenseman. Some of the older Sabres fans will remember physical defensemen Jim Schoenfeld and Jerry "King Kong" Korab. While the nickname "King Kong" has already been taken, McIlrath goes by "Big Mac Truck" while playing in Moose Jaw.

McIlrath is the type of physical player that Sabres fans love and appreciate. McIlrath will drop the gloves whenever he needs to and will not back down to anyone.

The Bad -  Like most big guys, he needs to work on his hands and his skating. At this point he looks like a guy that can play physical but might not be able to keep up with the pace of the NHL. He has time to work on his skating and become a better all-around player.

 

 

 

What They Are Saying

Moose Jaw Warriors 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."

Links

 

NHL.com Draft Profile

Fox News

Hockey Fights Page

 

Why The Sabres Might Pick Him

If he develops his game defensively, he would look really good alongside Tyler Myers. The Sabres have been known as a team with big soft defensemen in recent years and McIlrath would be evidence that things are going to change. Just look at how important Hal Gill was for the Canadiens in the playoffs, this guy could be that player in five or six years.

Why The Sabres Might Pass on Him

McIlrath is sort of a wild card in this draft. I have seen him selected as early as number 12 in some mock drafts while others have him being taken 30th. McIlrath is a tough but he is ultimately a project player. The Sabres brass has been questioned for their poor first round choices and a project might not happen in this draft.