The Rangers drafted Filip Chytil with the 21st pick in June's draft and heading into the draft he was ranked:
The Hockey News wrote that Chytil is a "strong, two-way pivot does all the right things. Good international play."
Chytil was a bottom-six forward as a 17-year old in the Czech league and is an "impressive skater" who can be tough to check and has the ability to create things out of nothing. (ESPN Insider)
Rangers European Scout Jan Gajdosik said that Chytil learned how to play a two-way game while playing in the Czech Elite league and is a player who adjusts quickly and raises his level of play. (NYR)
Hockey Prospect wrote that Chytil is a "dynamic" offensive player that can play at a high speed and "excels" when he has the puck in open space.
They say that Chytil has an ability to reach "top speed" very quickly and that he uses his speed and skill together to "beat defenseman wide and weave in and out of traffic in the neutral zone."
They describe his ability with the puck as "creative" and has the ability to "embarrass defenseman with several dekes quickly and hard lateral fakes.
Other notes on Chytil from Hockey Prospect include:
- "His hands are fun to watch as he tends to be flashy, but he manages to pull off a high percentage of his dekes. The most dangerous moments for Chytil are when he is at full speed as defenseman have difficulty tracking him as he combines speed with quick hands."
- "Filip is often seen chipping pucks, or pushing the puck through sticks or legs and can slip by defenders easily. His rushes are entertaining and he has shown that he can single handedly skate and deke through a team on the way to the net."
- He has good vision and an make unexpected passes and likes to draw defenders to him before dishing the puck.
- "When he does score, he shows cockiness and is very obnoxious with his celebrations. In addition, he likes to twirl his stick and does this before most of the draws he has taken in international viewings."
McKeens called him one of the more "under-the-radar dynamic talents available, saying that he displays the "entire toolkit" on the ice and is above average as a "skater, shooter, puck handler and for his hockey IQ."
They added that Chytil doesn't shy away from contact although he is not the biggest in size and that while he still needs to work on his two-way game, he has shown an ability to play against men even while being one of the younger players in the draft.
Future Considerations writes that Chytil is a "speedy player with with good hockey sense and offensive skill."
They added that he uses his speed well while carrying the puck and that his vision allows him to find open players.
They added that Chytil "is a guy you will need to have patience with as he takes a few seasons to add strength, but he could be well worth it."