This is Dylan McIlrath of the Moose Jaw Warriors. Should the Edmonton Oilers solve one mystery at the top of the draft (either a first-shot-scorer or that elusive complete-center) it might be wise to move up and grab a second first rounder: the kid who plays the blue for the Warriors.
In Bob McKenzie’s mid-season look at the NHL’s top 30 draft eligible prospects (2010), McIlrath ranked #23. McKenzie wrote “has no problems mixing it up” and at 6-5, 215 already the kid is probably going to win most of his battles.
His skating is rated as good, and Mike Remmerde recently remarked that he “exhibits very good gap control and is an outstanding open ice hitter”. His 09-10 boxcars were 65gp, 7-17-24, 169pims with a +20 (only Dman over +6) so the Oilers won’t be getting any PP help with this player.
Having said that, the club would be addressing a weakness with a player rated pretty high across the board. Here’s what Redline report says about him:
- Big monster is legit tough and loves to get involved. Willing and always looking to hit. Puck skills are basic and need to work on first pass. Skating needs work, especially pivots and lateral.
There’s every chance he’ll be gone by #31, but if he was available would you draft McIlrath? Would you be in favor of trading up to the mid-20′s in order to get him? Keep in mind the depth chart lacks physical players along the blueline.
- Theo Peckham has a mean streak and willingness to hit and drop the gloves that is seldom seen among Oiler picks who can actually play.
- Jeff Petry has a wide range of skills and a reputation for being able to skate, handle the puck well and won’t shy away from the physical game.
- Taylor Chorney is King Minus so far in pro hockey and is never going to be a physical player.
- Johan Motin is a stay-at-home prospect with a scouting report that lists size, strength and a mean streak as his strengths. Motin hasn’t showed too much of it in the AHL so far but does appear to have some ability at the position.
- Alex Plante’s stats imply he’s a physical defender (122 pims) and he has been more impressive than we were led to believe based on scouting report.
So, what so you? Worth a late first round pick for the Oil?