McIlrath To Join Whale This WeekApril 6, 2011, by
According to the AHL transactions page , the Rangers have signed 2010 first round pick Dylan McIlrath to an Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreement with the Connecticut Whale. Per Brian Ring McIlrath is expected to report to the team this week. McIlrath, 18, had 5 goals, 18 assists and 153 penalty minutes in 62 games during the regular season for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. In the playoffs McIlrath was scoreless in their six game first round defeat to the Kooteany Ice.
The ATO allows McIlrath to play with the team this season and during the playoffs without having any impact on his entry-level contract which officially starts next season. Dylan is allowed to play in the AHL despite being under 20 because his Junior team has finished their season, but next season he will have to either be in the NHL or back in the WHL. Being around the professional game should be a very good experience for McIlrath and give him another sense of what it will take for him to be a professional player. Look for Wade Redden to take McIlrath under his wing as he has done with all the young defenders for the Whale this season.