New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Dylan McIlrath on a new contract.
McIlrath, 24, skated in 34 games with the Rangers this past season, registering two goals and two assists for four points, along with a plus-seven rating and 64 penalty minutes. He tied for 13th among NHL rookies - and tied for fifth among NHL rookie defensemen - in plus/minus rating in 2015-16, as he posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 29 of 34 games in which he played. Among NHL rookies who played at least 15 games this past season, McIlrath tied for fourth - and led all defensemen - in hits per game (2.7; 93 hits in 34 contests). He also ranked second on the Rangers - and led team defensemen - in hits per game in 2015-16.
The 6-5, 236-pounder registered his first career NHL assist/point on December 11, 2015 at Edmonton, and he recorded his first career NHL goal on December 15, 2015 vs. Edmonton. McIlrath became the first Ranger rookie defenseman to tally a goal since Ryan McDonagh on April 9, 2011. McIlrath posted a plus-one rating while making his NHL playoff debut in Game 2 of the First Round at Pittsburgh on April 16, 2016.
McIlrath has skated in 37 career NHL games with the Rangers over parts of three seasons (2013-14 - 2015-16), registering two goals and two assists for four points, along with a plus-six rating and 80 penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut with the Blueshirts on December 12, 2013 vs. Columbus.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native was selected by the Rangers in the first round, 10th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.