In the first part of this series I looked at Tim Erixon, Chris Kreider, and Christian Thomas. Now I’m going to analyze Dylan Mcilrath, Michael St. Croix, and J.T. Miller.
All three of the prospects I’m about to talk about are the prospects that are important to the Rangers organization. They might not all be on the Rangers when they make the NHL, but they do have trade value that can be traded to acquire a solid player in the NHL.
Read more to hear my analysis on all three players.
Dylan Mcilrath- When Mcilrath was drafted, every Rangers fan was shocked. Everyone really wanted Cam Fowler and now Mcilrath has sort of gotten off on the wrong foot in the eyes of Rangers fans by no fault of his own. Mcilrath is a completely different player than Fowler, and the Rangers already have a “Cam Fowler” in Michael Del Zotto. With that said, Mcilrath brings a ton of size and a whole lot of mean to the blue line. He is very similar to Jeff Buekeboom. There are many advantages to having Mcilrath. If he does play next year for the Rangers, it could mean the end of Mike Rupp. Mcilrath fights. A lot. So would there be a need to dress Mike Rupp if Mcilrath is going to play every night? The Rangers right now don’t have a crease clearer on their blue line and Mcilrath can do all the physical work you could ever ask for if the Rangers are stuck in their own zone. Compared to other prospects and players the Rangers have Mcilrath has very little offensive ability, but if he plays for the Rangers he won’t be playing to produce offensively.
Michael St. Croix- Here’s a guy that was almost written off when he was drafted. People were pretty doubtful that he’d make it to the NHL level and right now he’s definitely on the path to make it to the NHL. This year St. Croix has 79 points in 50 games. This year he was named WHL player of the week twice already. I’d definitely not count this kid out from making the Rangers in the next couple of years.
J.T. Miller- Well no one expected the Rangers to take Miller with the 15th overall selection in last years draft but boy are Rangers fans happy with that selection now. 47 points in 41 games so far this year with the Plymouth Whalers, Miller is making a name for himself. I know how crappy the US did in this years WJC, but Miller had a respectable 4 points in 6 games along with a +/- of +3. Miller fits the mold of the Rangers which is why I like this pick even more. He plays a hard nosed game, with some scoring touch, and good defense. Miller will help keep the Rangers deep down the middle for years to come.