Rangers recall McIlrath

The Rangers have recalled defensive prospect Dylan McIlrath from the AHL, the team announced Wednesday evening.

McIlrath, a former first-round pick of the Rangers (10th overall in 2010), has scored three goals and added four assists while racking up 115 penalty minutes in 24 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack this season.

The 21-year-old blue-liner will provide some much needed size and snarl for a Rangers club that has dropped three straight and is without Marc Staal (concussion) and captain Ryan Callahan (knee).

The Rangers host the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.