Dylan McIlrath said that his goal last season was to just get his foot in the door but this season he wants to be in a consistent top-six role. (NYR)
He said that he needs to prove that he is a reliable defenseman and play consistently and use his tools to play "every night." (NYR)
McIlrath said that he was on the ice 4 times a week from July on to get as many reps on the ice as he can. (NYR)
Alain Vigneault said that for McIlrath to play on a consistent basis he needs to be defensively responsible and make good decisions with the puck.
Vigneault said that McIlrath has gotten better each season and he is expecting him to be better than he was at the end of last season.
He added that McIlrath will have a chance to prove himself during preseason and that Dylan is a player who is "very well respected and liked by his teammates."
Vigneault said after Thursday's game that "there's no doubt that there's an improvement" with McIlrath, he's more confident in his abilities and needs to keep using his "lower reach and strength."
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Adam Rotter: Heading into training camp I felt like McIlrath was the 7th defenseman and that hasn't changed after two preseason games. I think that he's been solid enough at times but I'm not sure he's better than Brady Skjei or Nick Holden right now. There is still time for McIlrath to make his mark and start the season in the lineup but it just seems more likely he will be in a similar situation to last year.