Filip Chytil

by Geoff on December 19, 2017

Filip Chytil, C/LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-02

Weight: 190

Born: 1999-09-05

Hometown:  Kromeriz, CZE

Drafted: 1st round 2017, 21st overall by New York Rangers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

December 2017 -- Chytil had an impressive training camp in New York as he won the Lars-Erik Sjoberg award for the Rangers top rookie as selected by the media.  The strong training camp resulted in Chytil making the Rangers opening night roster where he skated briefly in two games before being sent down to the Hartford Wolfpack.  Being the youngest player to skate in the AHL since 1974, Chytil produced 12 points (5G, 7A) in his first 15 games including a four-point night against Lehigh Valley on Oct 28th.  Chytil has since been loaned to the Czech U20 team for the upcoming world junior championships where he is expected to be one of his countries offensive leaders.  Geoff Kent

July 2017 – An extremely fast, smooth and powerful skater, Chytil accelerates quickly getting to full speed in relatively few strides. This is evident in a full range of on ice-situations – from breakaways to scrappy puck battles. Maintains balance and difficult to knock off the puck even in physical, thick traffic. Flat-out hustles all over the ice, and his slippery speed helps him race to loose pucks and establish position smartly in the offensive and defensive zones where his grit usually gives him the advantage. Increased muscle will advance his physical game further. An effective, intuitive playmaker who uses the threat of a heavy, hard wrister to draw defenders, opening passing lanes and distributing to teammates in stride. Excels at getting in opponents’ faces on defense, forcing hurried mistakes and turnovers that he can turn into scoring opportunities with his speed and playmaking skill. This translates well on the penalty kill. Still just 17-years-old, he impressed at Rangers Developmental Camp scoring two goals in the opening day scrimmage only four days after the Entry Draft. Chytil has performed well in international competition, averaging a point-per-game for the Czech squad at the most recent U-18 World Championships. Kevin Wickersham

Fantasy Outlook: A-

Skilled two-way, physical, fast forward with competitive fire and ample development time. Could be a draft-day coup.

Footage: Filip Chytil #20 - U18 Highlights

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