McIlrath was acquired from the Panthers, along with a third-round pick, in exchange for Thomas Vanek on Wednesday, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports. McIlrath finds himself with his third organization of the season, having begun the 2016-17 campaign with the Rangers. Since being selected 10th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft, the defenseman has logged a mere 43 NHL contests in which he tallied just three goals and two assists. Even if he can secure regular ice time with the Red Wings, the 24-year-old's lack of production severely limits his fantasy value in most formats.
McIlrath was reassigned to AHL Springfield on Tuesday, Steve Goldstein of Fox Sports Florida reports. The former first-round pick has been a non-factor for the Panthers this season, recording a goal in five games while averaging less than 10 minutes on ice. McIlrath could be recalled this season if Florida is looking for defensive depth, but don't expect him to be a fantasy contributor any time soon.
McIlrath was reassigned to the AHL's Thunderbirds for conditioning Wednesday. McIlrath averaged a mere 7:15 of ice time before watching the next seven games from the press box. Obviously there isn't fantasy appeal here with the hulking defenseman away from game ice trying to get back into playing shape.
McIlrath scored his first goal of the season in the third period of Tuesday's loss to Minnesota. Playing in just his fourth game of the campaign, McIlrath took a point shot that deflected off a Wild player's skate and beat Devan Dubnyk. The meat-and-potatoes defenseman is unlikely to carve out a big enough role with Florida to move the fantasy needle, but McIlrath might be able to help in the PIM and hits columns in cavernous settings.
McIlrath was traded to the Panthers on Tuesday in exchange for defenseman Steve Kampfer and a conditional seventh-round draft pick, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. McIlrath fell out of favor in New York, as he's failed the live up to the lofty billing of being a former first-round pick. The Panthers likely will benefit from having the 6-foot-5, 220-pound tank on the blue line, though he hasn't been able to do much with the puck. In 38 career games, McIlrath has generated only four points (two goals, two assists), albeit with 84 penalty minutes.
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