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Filip Chytil has been added to the Covid list

The NHL has announced that Filip Chytil has been added to the NHL’s Covid list.

From the NHL’s list, “Continuing for the balance of the 2020-21 season, the NHL is sharing the names of Players who are “unavailable” to the Club (to practice, travel or play in games) due to COVID protocols. Such “COVID Protocol Related Absences” can be the result of a number of factors including, among others: (1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact in accordance with the Positive Test Protocol; (4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; (5) quarantine for travel or other reasons as outlined in the COVID-19 Protocol.”

Chytil has been out since 1/26 with an upper body injury and with a timeline of 4-6 weeks.

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Filip Chytil out 4-6 weeks with Upper Body Injury

11:22AM: Filip Chytil will miss 4-6 weeks with an upper body injury suffered on Sunday against the Penguins. (NYR)

Chytil had begun the season with two goals and one assist in five games.

He collided with Evan Rodrigues of the Penguins in the second period on Sunday, played one more shift but then missed the rest of the game.

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Filip Chytil has a lower-body injury and won’t return

11:35PM: David Quinn said after the game, “lower-body, day to day. Probably have to call someone up.”

9:41PM: Filip Chytil suffered a lower-body injury in the first period against Dallas and won’t return to tonight’s game.

Chytil played 5:32 in the first period with his last shift ending with 1:56 remaining.

The Rangers are not carrying any spare players so they would be allowed to call someone up from Hartford via emergency recall. The emergency recall would not count against the two remaining call ups they have.

The Rangers play tomorrow night in Colorado.

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Rangers call up Filip Chytil and Ryan Lindgren from Hartford

The Rangers have announced that Filip Chytil and Ryan Lindgren have been called up from Hartford.

From the Rangers release:

  • Chytil, 20, has skated in nine games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering three goals and six assists for nine points, along with a plus-nine rating and two penalty minutes.
  • Lindgren, 21, has skated in nine games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering one goal and one assist for two points, along with a plus-eight rating and six penalty minutes.

Speaking about Chytil on Monday, David Quinn said “one of the things we like that Fil has done is that he has gone down there and been productive offensively but he has also done the things he has to do to have success at this level.”

The Rangers had two roster spots available so they did not need to send anyone down to make these moves.

Adam Rotter: Filip Chytil, if he’s here for good, will likely play in the middle and probably force Lias Andersson either to the wing or to Hartford. For tomorrow, if Mika Zibanejad is out, he’ll slot in next to Chris Kreider and either Jesper Fast or Kaapo Kakko and the Rangers will take things from there.

Where Ryan Lindgren slots in, unless there is an injury, is not as easy to see. On the left side the Rangers have Marc Staal, Brady Skjei and Libor Hajek. Hajek is the easy to bench for a game or two but I think he is making good strides. Both Skjei and Staal have had struggles with Staal’s lack of foot speed becoming a bigger issue and Skjei continuing to show flashes but following them with long stretches of inconsistency. Lindgren brings everything that David Quinn wants in terms of physicality and battle level so he would be a welcome addition, but for which player remains to be seen.

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Filip Chytil scratched against the Sabres

Filip Chytil will be a healthy scratch tonight against the Sabres and Connor Brickley will take his place in the lineup. (Brooks, Stephenson)

The Rangers will continue to go with 11 forwards and 7 defensemen.

David Quinn said of the decision to sit Chytil (NYR):

  • “I think Fil’s play has slipped a little bit. One of the things that all young players need to learn is to consistently compete and be hard on pucks and give an effort in all three zones. I think Fil has done a good job of that and it’s slipped a little bit. It’s all part of development, learning lessons.”
  • “The last time it happened he responded very well. Fil wants to be player he is capable of being. He’s 19-years old, second game he has sat. It’s really not that big a deal in a lot of ways and he will get right back at it.”
  • “It’s been steady, we’ve had conversations. It shouldn’t be a surprise to him but it seems like every guy that gets sat is surprised. This is something we have talked about and think it was warranted.”

Quinn said that Jimmy Vesey is being hard on pucks, physical, taking hits to make plays and fighting through checks. “He’s pissing people off with his play so they are looking for him after the whistle.” (NYR)

Quinn said on 1/31 that Chytil has “geat speed, great hands and a great head” and that he has an ability, when those three work together, to create offense. (NYR)

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Chytil scratched against the Blues

6:51PM: On MSG, Quinn said that it was an easy decision to sit Chytil and that “part of development isn’t just throwing people out there and letting them play, part of it is learning accountability and that certain things are not negotiable and he and I have talked about that and he has let a few things slip in his game that just can’t happen and sometimes it’s good to sit out and observe from up top and he will do that tonight.”

He added, “He’s a young player that is learning the things he has to do that he has never had to do before and it’s a long season for a 19-year old. He’s handled it well, he understands what we are looking for, there is a lot of clarity in what we are looking for. He will be better for it.”

6:37PM: The Rangers confirmed that Filip Chytil will be a healthy scratch for tonight’s game against the Blues. (NYR)

David Quinn said on Sunday that Chytil has had a couple of tough games lately and there has been a “dip” in his play. (NY Post)

He added that, overall, Chytil has had a “great year, done a lot of good things.” (NY Post)

Before the game, Quinn said that part of development is learning to be accountable and that there are certain areas of his game that have slipped lately. (Stephenson)

He said that the two have talked about what is needed and that Chytil will be “better” for this. (Stephenson)


Henrik Lundqvist said of Chytil in November, “we all knew right away that he is extremely skilled, we saw it day 1. It’s understanding when to use that skill, but we are starting to see what he can do at crucial times of the game. Players like that can be the difference maker a lot of nights.” (NYR)