In his preseason debut for the Rangers last night, Filip Chytil skated between Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider and scored the OT winner.
Chytil was a +2, played 18:52, had 3 shots on goal, 1 shot that missed the net and was 5 and 4 on faceoffs.
He played 9:56 at even strength, 8:56 on the PP and:
- First Period: 5:45 (3:14 PP)
- Second Period: 4:42 (1:43 PP)
- Third Period: 6:38 (2:57 PP)
- Overtime: 1:47 (1:02 PP)
Alain Vigneault said after the game that Chytil brought what he was showing in practice into the game last night and that he is a "smooth and good skater, has a good set of hands" and was able to get into traffic.
Vigneault said that overall Chytil played a "good game"and that there is "no doubt that there is a tremendous amount of upside" in his game.
Zuccarello said that he told Chytil to play a simple game but that when the Rangers got into the offensive zone to "do what you want." (NYR Game Notes)
Zuccarello said that Chytil showed a lot of skill and that, besides systems and such, he doesn't think there is much to teach Chytil in terms of being a hockey player. (NYR Game Notes, NYR)
Zuccarello added that Chytil has "extreme skills" and may be able to do things on the ice that "few others can do." (Nettavisen)
Joe Micheletti said on MSG that Chytil was "really impressive," was able to hold onto pucks and wasn't intimidated about going to the front of the net.
Jeff Gorton told Larry Brooks that if Chytil does not remain with the Rangers then it's likely he will return to the Czech Republic "where he is comfortable." (NY Post)