Quote(s) Of The Day: Rangers Jeff Gorton On McIlrath and Etem

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That firmly stated, the Quote(s) Of The Day come courtesy of the Rangers following the announcement of the final 23-man roster that includes Dylan McIlrath, Emerson Etem and Tanner Glass.

First, the bad:

“His camp has been pretty average, and I think he knows that, I think we all know that,” Rangers GM Jeff Gorton told the New York Post’s Brett Cyrgalis on Etem who was acquired for Carl Hagelin in the off-season. “We’ve known him for a long time. We know the player, we scouted the player, we’ve liked what we’ve seen. He’s yet to show that to maybe all of you guys, but we have faith that in time he’s going to show us that.”-Rangers GM Jeff Gorton on Etem’s training camp

Now, the good:

“Just overwhelmed with excitement. It’s been a pretty long road to get to this point. I’ve obviously worked really hard, and it makes it that much more gratifying when you’ve faced some adversity.”-Dylan McIlrath on making the NYR

“I think there was an evolution to his game. He’s come a long way. It’s taken awhile for a big guy. But he’s played really well, he’s done a lot of the things we’ve asked him to do. For us, for a 6-foot-5 defenseman to play the way that he does, the style he plays, I think it’s a big asset for us.”

“It’s always good for the organization when somebody you drafted eventually makes it — and deservedly so. We talked to him today, and I think Dylan has the right approach. He’s not jumping up and down. He’s going to enjoy the fact that he’s on a NHL roster every day. ”-Rangers GM Jeff Gorton on McIlrath

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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