6:19PM: On Friday, Quinn said of Chytil, "I think he is pressing a little bit for a goal, once one goes in I think that the weight of the world will be off his shoulders. He is not unlike any 19-year old playing in this league. They want to have success and they are going to press and he is going to stay with those guys and play and as long as he puts forth an effort we will let him play. We think very highly of him and think he is a big piece of our future and think he can be good right now. This isn't just about the future, this is about winning hockey games and we think he can help us." (NYR)
10:22AM: David Quinn said that right now Filip Chytil is going through the normal ups and downs for a 19-year old and "fighting it a little bit." (NYR)
He said that on some nights Chytil plays with energy but that on Wednesday, in the second half of a back to back, "I thought he was tired." (NYR)
Quinn said last week that he had to get Chytil more ice time and in the two games since he said that, Chytil has played:
- Colorado - 20:08, plus one, 1 shot, 4 shot attempts blocked, 1 giveaway, 2 takeways and a hooking penalty. He played 5:58 in the first, 6:25 in the second and 7:45 in the third.
- Washington - 12:34, 1 shot on goal, 1 shot that missed the net and was 1 and 3 on faceoffs. He played 6 minutes in the first, 4 minutes in the second and 2:34 in the third.
Chytil played on the wing and center in the two games this week and Quinn said that he doesn't think Chytil's issues are related to a position switch and that he likes playing the wing. (NYR)
Quinn added that Chytil is likely dying for a goal and then "the floodgates could open." (NYR)
Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers need to take Chytil's contract into consideration and that if he plays fewer than 10 games in the NHL this season then his contact would "slide" and begin next year. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: Pending injury, Chytil is going to get past 10 games this season and will burn off the first year of his ELC. Even if they sent him to Hartford for a while it wouldn't make sense to keep him there all year. Chytil needs NHL experience and there will be opportunities for him to play in the top-nine, especially if they play him on the wing. The bigger thing with Chytil would be the 40 game mark and if he passes that then it starts the clock on when he can be a free agent. I think it's possible that the Rangers sit Chytil on some nights and possibly send him to Hartford but that he will ultimately fall under the 40 game mark so that the Rangers can push his UFA time back a season.