The New York Rangers
on Wednesday signed 2010 first-round draft pick Dylan McIlrath
and 2009 third-rounder Ryan Bourque
to entry-level contracts. No financial terms were disclosed.
McIlrath, an 18-year-old defenseman, has skated in 59 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League this season, scoring 5 goals and 18 assists for 23 points, along with 141 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder has appeared in 177 career WHL games in three seasons with Moose Jaw, registering 13 goals and 38 assists for 51 points, along with 412 penalty minutes. He has 1 assist and 21 penalty minutes in seven career playoff games with Moose Jaw.
The Rangers chose McIlrath with the 10th pick in last June's Entry Draft.
Bourque, a 20-year-old forward, is the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque
and a two-time medalist at the World Junior Championship as a member of Team USA -- he played for the team that won gold in 2010 and was on this year's bronze medal-winning club. The Rangers took him in the third round (No. 80) in 2009.
Bourque has skated in 47 games with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season, scoring 26 goals and adding 31 assists for 57 points, along with 15 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating. The games played, goals, assists and points are all career highs.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound forward has appeared in 91 career QMJHL games in two seasons with Quebec, registering 45 goals and 55 assists for 100 points, along with 35 penalty minutes. Before joining Quebec, Bourque skated in 75 games during two seasons with the USA National Under-18 Development Team, registering 24 goals and 38 assists for 62 points, along with 60 penalty minutes. He helped Team USA capture the gold medal at the 2009 U-18 World Championships.