McColgan, Noreau released from ATO’s

In addition to bringing in Dylan McIlrath on an ATO yesterday, the Connecticut Whale announced two additional roster moves for the Whale’s playoff push. Defenseman Sam Noreau (5th – 2011) and forward Shane McColgan (5th – 2011) were released from their respective ATO’s to make room for McIlrath.

McColgan joined the Whale on April 3rd, and played in five regular season games with the club. He finished with no points and a -2 rating. McColgan did not dress for any playoff games.

Noreau joiend the Whale on April 19th, and did not dress for any games with the club.

The press release for these moves is after the jump.


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Defenseman Dylan McIlrath Reassigned from WHL Moose Jaw, McColgan, Noreau Released

HARTFORD, May 1, 2012: Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the parent New York Rangers have reassigned defenseman Dylan McIlrath to the Whale from the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League, and that forward Shane McColgan and defenseman Samuel Noreau have been released from their Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreements.

McIlrath, 20, was the Rangers’ first-round selection (10th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft. The 6-5, 215-pound Winnipeg, Manitoba native skated in 52 games with the Warriors this season, scoring three goals and adding 20 assists for 23 points while serving 127 minutes in penalties. Those totals were good for second among team defensemen in assists and a tie for second among Warrior blueliners in points. McIlrath led all Moose Jaw defensemen, and finished second overall on the team, in PIM. In 14 WHL postseason games, he amassed six assists and 12 penalty minutes.

This will be the second career stint with the Whale for McIlrath, who has played in 232 career games with Moose Jaw over four seasons, notching 16 goals and 58 assists for 74, along with 551 PIM. He suited up for two games in a Whale uniform last season, following the completion of his WHL season, going scoreless with seven PIM.


      Regular Season                          Playoffs

Year           Team                 Lge.         GP    G     A   Pts.     PIM     GP     G     A  Pts.  PIM

2008-09       Moose Jaw         WHL         53     1      3      4       102      —      —     —   —     —

2009-10       Moose Jaw         WHL         65     7     17    24      169       7       0      1    1     21

2010-11       Whale                 AHL           2      0      0      0         7        —      —     —   —     —

Moose Jaw         WHL         62     5     18    23      153       6       0      0    0     15

2011-12       Moose Jaw         WHL         52     3     20    23      127      14       0      6    6     12

McColgan, who signed an ATO with the Whale April 4, was scoreless in five AHL games after the end of his WHL season with the Kelowna Rockets. Noreau did not see any action after being inked to an ATO April 19, from Baie-Comeau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

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  • They dont need to release 2 players si they can sign 1. They could have kept Noreau or McColgan. Why release both. Lets see if there Whale ready

  • This is why they call it an ATO, to see if they are ready, and if not they go back down for additional seasoning!

  • McWrath is so big, he takes up two roster spots. Seriously, can’t wait to see him play for the Rangers in a couple of years. He will be a bulldog protecting the King out there. LGR!

  • Actually this is a common practice and nothing bad should be read into it. They brought them in so they could see how they progressed during the season.

    Now they let them go home and take a break before they have to report back for the Ranger Prospect/Rookie camp in July.

    For both picks they have been going almost non-stop since the end of July 2011 as training camp for someone like Noreau in the QMJHL started in August.

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