Dylan McIlrath, aka The Freight Train from Winnipeg, aka The Undertaker.
He’s 6’5″ and weighs 215. He had 169 PiM and was on the winning end of many fights in the world’s toughest junior league.
Only 18, but older players in the WHL were highly averse to dropping the gloves with McIlrath.
And he’s got a rocket from the point.
We’re not talking about the second coming of Larry Robinson. But given how soft the Canadiens play, I’d settle for the second coming of Lyle Odelein.
When was the last time the Canadiens had a bona-fide intimidator, à la Chris Pronger, on the back-end?
Mike Komisarek? Well, we thought so … till Milan Lucic disabused Komo and his fans of that notion.
Now, violence is the tool of the ignorant and I abhor all forms of Don Cherry hockey.
But players like Lucic, Chris Neil and Scott Hartnell kill the Canadiens.
And the division is becoming tough. Buffalo has Zack Kassian on the way, and we know what kind of team Brian Burke is building in Toronto.
It would be nice if a big, playmaking centre were available when the Canadiens draft with the 28th pick of the first round.
But I doubt it.
Most mock drafts have McIlrath going in the mid-20s. If I’m Pierre Gauthier, I look at ways to move up and get him.
Added bonus: Mitch Melnick loves anyone named Dylan.