Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Rangers Sign Dylan McIlrath, Ryan Bourque To Entry-Level Contracts

The New York Rangers via their official twitter account have confirmed the signings of 2010 first round selection defenseman Dylan McIlrath and forward 2009 third round pick Ryan Bourque to three year entry level contracts. 

There are no details at the current moment on the McIlrath contract, but I will post them when they are out.  In 59 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season McIlrath has recorded five goals and 18 assists for 23 points, along with 141 penalty minutes. 

As far as Ryan Bourque goes Capgeek has the details on his deal as a two-way contract worth a maximum of 1.97 million over three years.  The deal calls for Bourque to earn $67, 500 each year in the AHL with differing salaries in the NHL.  On the season Bourque has 26 goals, 31 assists and 57 points in 47 games for the Quebec Ramparts of the QMJHL.

This is a very good day to be a Rangers fan as they are singing more young prospects to NHL contracts.  The caveat however to the excitement getting out of control is the realization that many of these deals are done to make players able to play in the AHL playoffs.  This does not mean that either will play professionally next season.  Bourque is likely to be in Hartford, but McIlrath is not eligible for the AHL, much the way Del Zotto was not last season because he will be under 20 and was in the CHL at the time of his being drafted.