The Florida Panthers acquired defenseman Dylan McIlrath in a trade with the New York Rangers on Tuesday for defenseman Steven Kampfer and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
McIlrath, the No. 10 pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, cleared waivers on Oct. 28 and was sent to Hartford of the American Hockey League after playing one game for the Rangers this season. He played 34 games with New York as a rookie in 2015-16, finishing with two goals, four points and a plus-7 rating.
"We drafted him in 2010. He's a great kid. He's a guy that deserves a chance to play in the League," Rangers general manager Scott Gorton said. "This is a team that's been calling me for a while about him. It's a fresh start for him and we'll see where it goes.
"At the same time we've had Kampfer before. We like his speed. We like his skill level. We think he's somebody that can help us along the way here. We'll see about getting a pick down the road."
Kampfer, 28, was a healthy scratch for 12 of Florida's 13 games. A fourth-round pick (No. 93) of the Anaheim Ducks in the 2007 NHL Draft, Kampfer has nine goals and 23 points in 134 NHL games with the Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild and Panthers. He agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Rangers on July 1, 2014, but was traded to the Panthers with center Andrew Yogan for right wing Joey Crabb on Oct. 6, 2014.
"We think he's going to help us," Gorton said of Kampfer. "He's a guy that can skate. He's a guy that can make that first pass. I think along the way here on defense we're going to need more than six, seven guys, so I think it's going to help us."