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It’s one trip to New York, Dylan McIlrath wishes he didn’t have to take.
The Moose Jaw Warriors 18-year-old defenceman will fly to New York Wednesday to have an MRI done on his injured right knee.
McIlrath went down awkwardly with 1:15 remaining in the third period of the Warriors 3-0 win over Lethbridge Saturday.
“I remember battling in the face-off circle for the puck,” said McIlrath. “I watched the video and it looked like the guy fell on the outside of my right knee.”
When McIlrath went down he was in obvious distress and his pained scream could be heard all the way to the Civic Centre rafters.
“I heard a noise you shouldn’t hear and went down in a lot of pain,” said McIlrath. “I knew right away it was pretty serious. I’m not the one to lay on the ice if it wasn’t serious.”
The way his knee has responded in the two days after the injury is offering a glimmer of hope that the injury may not be as severe as first feared.
“It’s slowly getting better. The swelling has gone down. I’m able to walk better,” said the Winnipeg product.
McIlrath was the New York Rangers first pick, 10th overall, in the 2010 National Hockey League entry draft. The Rangers will fly him it to have his knee examined.
“It will be nice to just find out what it exactly what it is,” said McIlrath.