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Dylan McIlrath Recalled On Emergency Basis, Libor Sulak Back To Grand Rapids

03/24/2019 at 12:04pm EDT

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Dylan McIlrath from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions and assigned defenseman Libor Sulak to the Griffins.

McIlrath, 26, is a veteran of 350 AHL games, totaling 73 points (21-52-73), a plus-27 rating and 756 penalty minutes with the Connecticut Whale, Hartford Wolf Pack, Springfield Thunderbirds and Griffins since 2010-11. In 49 games for Grand Rapids this season, McIlrath has nine points (1-8-9) and ranks among team leaders with a plus-12 rating (T3rd) and 94 penalty minutes (1st). The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native was originally acquired by Detroit from Florida on March 1, 2017 along with a third-round draft pick in exchange for Thomas Vanek and has totaled 30 points (8-22-30) and 255 penalty minutes in 146 games with the Griffins since joining the organization. He was also a member of the team’s 2017 Calder Cup championship team and has notched seven points (0-7-7), a plus-12 rating and 61 penalty minutes in 44 career AHL playoff games.

A former first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers, McIlrath has totaled five points (3-2-5) and 94 penalty minutes in 43 career NHL games between New York (2013-17) and Florida (2016-17). Prior to turning professional, McIlrath skated in 232 Western Hockey League games for the Moose Jaw Warriors, posting 74 points (16-58-74) and 551 penalty minutes from 2008-12, adding seven assists and 48 penalty minutes in 27 postseason contests.

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