NEWARK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 23: Dylan McIlrath #73 of the New York Rangers skates against the New Jersey Devils during a rookie game at the Prudential Center on September 23, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
According to the team's official twitter feed, New York Rangers' first-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Dylan McIlrath,
needs had surgery on a dislocated kneecap he suffered during a collision with recently signed Kyle Jean during development camp.
The injury was originally supposed to be a day-to-day bruise, but obviously things are a little worse than the Rangers though back when it happened.
This is a blow to McIlrath, who was expected to fight for a spot on the team out of camp after an impressive showing in the WHL last season. While McIlrath wasn't expect to make the team out of camp by any means -- Tim Erixon seems like the down-home favorite of this year's prospect pool to start the year on Broadway -- McIlrath was a player everyone was hoping to evaluate.
There is no timetable on his rehab or return to the ice, although obviously the team is hoping it's sooner rather than later.