Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil Recalled from Hartford Wolf Pack
The New York Rangers have recalled Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil as expected with only seven games remaining in the season.
OFFICIAL: #NYR have recalled forwards Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil from @WolfPackAHL.— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) March 25, 2018
Andersson, 19, was selected seventh overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Chytil, 18, was selected 21st overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Together we welcome @liasandersson and @filip_chytil. pic.twitter.com/PY2l4S2J3h
The timing ensures that neither player will burn a year off their entry-level contracts, and provides both an opportunity to experience some NHL competition. Andersson will be getting his first taste of NHL action, whereas Chytil had a brief stint earlier this season.
The Rangers’ seventh overall pick from the 2017 drafted started the season with Frolunda tallying seven goals and seven assists for 14 points in 22 games. After the WJC tournament he joined the Wolf Pack and has scored five goals and added nine assists for 14 points in 24 games played.
Chytil on the otherhand has spent the entire season, sans the WJC tourney, with the Pack. He’s produced at a torrid pace for an 18-year-old with 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points in 45 games. It is fair to say he’s greatly exceeded expectations in his post draft season, and getting some NHL action is the next logical step.
Now that both have been recalled, the question becomes where in the lineup will they play? Chytil played 7:40 and 4:59 respectively in his first two games, and during this stint he should rotate between the second and third line. This would give him a chance to showcase his offensive acumen, and give him linemates who can play off his skill set. Andersson is a tougher player to place, and I think you will see him start on the fourth line. Not something that is ideal, but plausible given his overall makeup vs. that of Chytil.
More will be known once the Rangers practice, but having both players with the big club will add some excitement to the final games of a season in which the team is on course to miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season.