Jeff Gorton said that Filip Chytil has "earned the right" to start the season with the Rangers and that he will be evaluated on a day to day basis.
Gorton said that Chytil will start off with some "pretty good players" that will be able to help him, especially in the defensive zone.
Alain Vigneault said that Chytil "earned the right" to start with the Rangers and that he showed a "real good skill set."
He noted though that while Chytil has handled things well so far and "he has definitely earned the right to start with us and we will see how he does."
On how Chytil will be monitored, Vigneault said, "it's really day by day and what is going to be better for the team and him also. For me, he showed a lot in training camp, really caught my attention, coaching staff and management. We will take it a day at a time but so far he has been very good and we will see if he can do it against NHL caliber on a daily basis."
Chytil will stick with #72 as a tribute to his father, who was born in 1972 and taught him how to play hockey. (NY Post)
Scott Arniel said that Chytil's skill set is "outstanding," he has quick hands and is a "deceptive skater."
Arniel added that Chytil is "smiling all the time" and seems to have a grasp on everything.
Adam Rotter: Chytil definitely earned the right to start the season but he will need to show a lot more to stay not only past the 10 game mark, but for the whole year. I'm sure the Rangers would prefer to get their read on Chytil within those first 9 games but I wouldn't be shocked if the Rangers kept him for 15 or 20 before deciding to loan him back to the Czech Republic. I wouldn't be surprised if he followed a similar path to the one that Anthony Duclair had in 2014-15, where he started with the Rangers, played in 18 games, ended up going to the World Juniors and then returning to the QMJHL. The main difference between the two though is that, unlike Duclair, the Rangers are not going to move Chytil at the deadline.