"He's imposing with size alone"

“ He's imposing with size alone but he backs it up with physical play. ”
- Jeff Beukeboom
“ I like to think of myself as a big physical defenseman who keeps it simple but still reliable. Im obviously working on all aspects of my game but I'm trying to hone in on working on my defensive game and using my strengths. ”
- Dylan McIlrath
“ I'd like to get the points and whatever and start producing that way, but I just want to really focus on my game and what I do best and working fro my defensive zone out. ”
- Dylan McIlrath
“ I think if he continues his progress he's definitely going to have an opportunity. every aspect of his game has gotten better, as far as his postitional play, his skating and agility. ”
- Jeff Beukeboom

The Rangers No. 1 defensive prospect, Dylan McIlrath, is finishing up his first regular season of professional hockey with the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League. 

After surgery to repair a dislocated knee cap delayed the start of his season, McIlrath has been one of the Whale's most talented shutdown defensemen since joining the lineup.

McIlrath and Whale assistant coach and former Rangers defenseman Jeff Beukeboom recently spoke with BlueshirtsUnited.com to discuss McIlrath's physical style and his development as he works towards cracking the Rangers roster.

See what McIlrath and Beukeboom had to say about the Rangers defensive prospect, then share your thoughts below.