At the trade deadline, the New York Rangers acquired a few new prospects. While fans have definitely heard a lot about the newer acquisitions, the trades tended to leave players already in the farm system in the dust. Two of the best prospects in the Rangers system right now are Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson. According to the New York Daily News, last week head coach Alain Vigneault had been working on a plan to call them up for the remaining games of the 2017-2018 season. He did just that on Sunday night. They played with the Rangers against the Washington Capitals on Monday night. Andersson and Chytil can play eight and six more games, respectively, without burning off the first years of their entry-level contracts. Let’s take a look at how their seasons have gone so far, and how they could help the Rangers for the rest of the season!
Filip Chytil has been having a great year with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers. He was drafted 21st overall by the Rangers in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, and in 44 games played so far this season, he has 11 goals and 20 assists for a total of 31 points. Two of his goals came on the power play, with three of them as game-winners, and is 4-1 in shootout attempts. Additionally, he only took four penalty minutes this year. In his last five games with Hartford, he has three points (one goal and two assists). Many are suggesting that the Rangers will call him up for the final games of the season to see how his talent will translate to the NHL. As a center, Filip Chytil could potentially replace someone like Peter Holland or David Desharnais.
Like Filip Chytil, Lias Andersson has also spent his first year post-draft with the Hartford Wolf Pack. He got a bit of a late start after playing with Team Sweden in World Juniors (you might remember him as the player who threw his silver medal into the crowd after his final game). In 23 games, he has five goals and nine assists for a total of 14 points and in his past five games, he has two points (both assists). He has racked up eight penalty minutes so far this season as well. Along with Chytil, Andersson has been in contention for a potential late-season call-up for the Rangers, and being the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, he has a lot of pressure on him. Getting some time in the NHL would be helpful for him so he could see what he might be in for next year. Also a center, like Chytil, he could replace a player like David Desharnais or Peter Holland, making them both viable options for the team.
As mentioned earlier, both of these players were called up on March 25th and played with the New York Rangers on Monday night in a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals. However, there was a silver lining, with Lias Andersson notching a goal and Filip Chytil adding an assist.
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