The New York Rangers announced today that 18-year-old rookie center Filip Chytil has been assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.
Chytil, No. 21 overall of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, showed flashes of brilliance offensively during an impressive training camp. However, Chytil has struggled to earn minutes at the NHL level and has yet to earn the trust of Head Coach Alain Vigneault.
According to reports, the goal is for Chytil to play a few games with heavy minutes at the AHL level, while the Rangers assess his situation as well as the NHL roster.
Chytil can have 9 games of NHL experience before the first year of his rookie contract is committed. His current assignment at the AHL level does not impact the 9 game limit.
Critics of the assignment will point to Chytil’s lack of quality NHL minutes in truly assessing his NHL-readiness. However, the long term development of the player must be considered in putting Chytil in the best position to succeed.
In other roster news, the Rangers released Andrew Desjardins from his Professional Tryout (PTO) contract and yesterday claimed forward Adam Cracknell off waivers from the Dallas Stars. At 6′ 3″ and 220 lbs., the 32-year-old veteran will provide some size and depth of front. Cracknell has played both the center and right wing positions, which give the Rangers some versatility.
In 204 career NHL games, Cracknell has 21 goals and 22 assists for 43 points.
The Rangers continue their brief homestand tonight against the St. Louis Blues. Stay tuned at BlueshirtBulletin.com for the latest.