The 10th pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, McIlrath is the AHL's leader in penalty minutes (115) and has three goals and four assists.
New York is winless in three straight games and four of its past five. Defenseman Marc Staal is sidelined with a concussion, and forward Ryan Callahan (second-degree MCL sprain) is out for the next 4-6 weeks.
Obviously a lot happened in a short period of time. At the end of the day, considering everything I went through, I really felt close to my teammates and I really feel like what we accomplished, I know we didn't win it all. ... I'm really proud of how we got there and what we did once we got there.
— Rangers forward Martin St. Louis to Jim Cerny of BlueshirtsUnited.com