New York Rangers prospect and 2010 10th overall pick Dylan McIlrath has signed an Amateur Tryout with the Connecticut Whale. The Amateur Tryout (ATO) allows McIlrath to play with the Whale for the remainder of the season and playoffs. Because McIlrath is still only 18, he is not eligible to play in the AHL on his professional contract without terminating his junior league eligibility. This ATO allows him to play a limited number of games with the Whale while still returning to the WHL next season. This is significant for a few reasons. Rangers scouts clearly believe that McIlrath have developed enough to at least earn some playing time in the AHL. Especially considering the Whale are battling hard for a playoff spot right now, holding onto the 8th and final playoff spot in the AHL Easter Conference by 1 point. These are highly competitive and important games McIlrath will be submerging himself in. Regardless of how he does, McIlrath will almost definitely be playing at least one more year in the WHL, so this is more of a reward for a solid season as well as a chance for the AHL coaches to evaluate and work with him. Here is the Whale’s press release regarding the signing.