Rangers drop prospects McIlrath, Kristo from camp

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The New York Rangers have sent forward Danny Kristo and defenseman Dylan McIlrath to AHL Connecticut, the club announced on Wednesday.

Kristo, 23, was originally Montreal’s second-round pick at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, acquired by the Rangers in July in exchange for Christian Thomas.

According to New York director of player personnel Gordie Clark, Kristo had “a good chance to fill” the open roster spots left by injured forwards Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan.

McIlrath, 21, was the Rangers’ first-round pick (10th overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The towering defenseman (6-foot-5, 215 pounds) spend last year in Connecticut and felt he had “a legitimate shot” of making the NHL this season.

But that didn’t happen.

The Rangers have added depth on the blueline over the last year, acquiring John Moore in the Marian Gaborik trade and signing Justin Falk in free agency. New York has also decided to take a longer look at Conor Allen, an undrafted free agent out of UMass-Amherst that appears to have a real shot of making the opening-night roster.