Dylan McIlrath
McIlrath Rangers 2015.jpg
Born April 20 1992 (1992-04-20) (age 27),
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
221 lb (100 kg; 15 st 11 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
F. teams
Detroit Red Wings
Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
New York Rangers
Florida Panthers
NHL Draft 10th overall, 2010
New York Rangers
Playing career 2011–present

Dylan McIlrath (born April 20, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He played junior hockey for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and was drafted by the New York Rangers, 10th overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[1] Known for his fighting ability, his nickname is "The Undertaker".[2] McIlrath is of majority Scottish descent.

Playing careerEdit


McIlrath was drafted into the Western Hockey League (WHL) 46th overall by the Moose Jaw Warriors in the 2007 Bantam Draft. He started his WHL career with the Warriors during the 2008–09 season, playing in 53 games and scoring 67 goals In 2009–10, McIlrath improved, along with the Warriors as a whole, and scored seven goals while playing in 65 games. He attracted notice from professional scouts due to his NHL draft eligibility, and was selected to play for Team Orr at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game. The highlight of the game for McIlrath was a convincing victory in a fight against Team Cherry's Alex Petrovic. During the Warriors' seven-game playoff series against the eventual WHL champions, the Calgary Hitmen, McIlrath played every game and recorded an assist.


On March 17, 2011, McIlrath signed his first NHL contract with the New York Rangers, the team that drafted him tenth overall in 2010. He played two regular season games at the end of the 2010–11 season with the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Connecticut Whale, in which he did not register a point but accumulated seven penalty minutes. After Moose Jaw was eliminated from the WHL playoffs at the end of the 2011–12 season, McIlrath once again joined the Whale.[3] After Connecticut was eliminated from the AHL playoffs, McIlrath was added to the New York Rangers' 2012 playoff roster.[4]

After spending the 2012–13 season in Connecticut, McIlrath was again added to the Rangers' playoff roster.[5] On December 11, 2013, he was recalled to the Rangers for the first time during the NHL regular season.[6] He made his NHL debut on December 12, 2013, against the Columbus Blue Jackets.[7] After a strong pre-season showing, McIlrath was named to the full 23-man roster on October 2, 2015 and on December 15, 2015 he scored his first NHL goal.

McIlrath played a total of 34 games for the Rangers in the 2015–16 season, scoring 2 goals and 2 assists, and accumulating 64 penalty minutes. His most notable fight of the season was on Valentine's Day against Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, who had punched and concussed Rangers' captain Ryan McDonagh in an earlier (February 6) game between the two teams.[8]

McIlrath had a poor training camp in 2016 and spent the early part of the 2016–17 season as a reserve defenceman, only making one appearance with the team before he was placed on waivers on October 27.[9] He was re-assigned to play four games in the AHL with the Wolf Pack before he was traded by the Rangers to the Florida Panthers in exchange for D Steven Kampfer and a conditional 7th round pick on November 8, 2016.[10] After five games with the Panthers, and stints in the AHL with affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds, Mcllrath was traded for the second time within the season by the Panthers to the Detroit Red Wings along with a conditional third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Thomas Vanek on March 1, 2017.[11][12] He was assigned to the Red Wings' AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

McIlrath is a Scottish-Canadian[14] As a junior, Mcllrath was influenced to model his play after Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens.[15]

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008-09 Team Canada West WHC-17 0 0 0 2 -- -- -- -- --
Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL53134102
2009–10Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL6571724169701121
2010–11Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL5751823129
2010–11Connecticut WhaleAHL20007
2011–12Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL52320231271406612
2011–12Connecticut WhaleAHL50009
2012–13Connecticut WhaleAHL45055125
2013–14Hartford Wolf PackAHL6261117165
2013–14New York RangersNHL20007
2014–15Hartford Wolf PackAHL73611171651502223
2014–15New York RangersNHL10009
2015–16New York RangersNHL342246410000
2016-17New York RangersNHL10004
2016-17Hartford Wolf PackAHL400011
2016–17Florida PanthersNHL510110
2016–17Springfield ThunderbirdsAHL1813428
NHL totals 43 3 2 5 94 1 0 0 0 0

Awards & Achievements Edit

  • Played in World U-17 Hockey Challenge (2009)


  1. DeLessio, Joe (2010-06-28). Meet Dylan McIlrath, the Rangers first round pick. New York Magazine. Retrieved on 2010-06-28.
  2. Salerno, Mike (2010-09-08). Relax New York Rangers Fans, You're Going to Love Dylan McIlrath. Bleacher Report. Retrieved on 2010-09-08.
  3. Connecticut Whale Transaction History. Connecticut Whale (April 30, 2012). Retrieved on 2012-04-30.
  4. Gourlie, M. (May 15, 2012). McIlrath added to Rangers playoff roster. Moose Jaw Times-Herald. Retrieved on 2012-05-16.
  5. Rangers call up 10 players from Whale. New York Rangers (April 28, 2013). Retrieved on 2013-04-29.
  6. Dylan McIlrath Gets The Call, Joins The Rangers
  7. Dylan McIlrath. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2013-12-15.
  8. Cole, Mike (2016-02-15). Wayne Simmonds, Dylan McIlrath Have Spirited Fight After Pregame Chat (Video) | NHL. Retrieved on 2016-10-28.
  9. Dylan McIlrath waived by New York Rangers. Newsday (2016-10-17). Retrieved on 2016-10-28.
  10. Florida Panthers Acquire Dylan McIlrath from New York Rangers (2016-11-08). Retrieved on 2016-11-08.
  11. "Panthers acquire Vanek from Red Wings". The Sports Network (2017-03-01). Retrieved on 2017-03-01.
  12. Kujawa, Kyle (March 1, 2017). Red Wings acquire pick and defenseman for Vanek. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved on March 1, 2017.
  13. Kujawa, Kyle (March 1, 2017). Red Wings assign Mcilrath to Griffins. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved on March 1, 2017.
  14. Dylan McIlrath. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2013-12-15.
  15. NHL prospect profile: Dylan McIlrath (June 21, 2010). Retrieved on November 9, 2016.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Chris Kreider
New York Rangers first round draft pick
Succeeded by
J. T. Miller
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