The New York Rangers have placed defenseman Dylan McIlrath on waivers while the St. Louis Blues have done the same with winger Magnus Paajarvi, according to Elliotte Friedman.
McIlrath was originally selected by the Rangers in the first-round (10th pick overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Despite high expectations, McIlrath never really earned consistent minutes with the team and didn’t make an NHL appearance until 2013-2014.
He appeared in only two games between the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons, accumulating 22 minutes of ice time overall. The 24-year-old finally earned significant playing time last year, appearing in 34 games and playing 480 minutes.
McIlrath recorded two goals and two assists and recorded a plus-minus of plus-7. Once again in 2016-2017, McIlrath has had a difficult time breaking into the rotation, so New York decided to part ways with the youngster.
The Rangers are currently 5-2 and will travel southward to take on the Carolina Hurricanes at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday evening.
Although he is only a year younger than McIlrath, Paajarvi has quite a bit more experience. He was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the first-round (1oth pick overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. However, unlike McIlrath, it did not take long for Paajarvi to break into the league.
He played in 80 games in 2010-2011 and made a decent impact with 15 goals and 19 assists in 1,231 minutes. Even so, Paajarvi’s star burned out rather quickly, and ahead of the 2013-2014 campaign, he was traded to the Blues. He still has not come close to matching his production during his rookie year and St. Louis has now given up on the 25-year-old.
The Blues are 4-2-1 and will host the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.