The New York Rangers have recalled two of their exciting young prospects, bringing up Filip Chytil and Ryan Lindgren. While both players already have a bit of NHL experience, this transaction represents their first call-up of 2019-20.
Chytil, 20, actually played the whole 2018-19 season with the Rangers, scoring 23 points in 75 games. At times however he looked overmatched and with the team’s added depth up front this season was asked to start the year in the AHL. That start went quite well with nine points in nine games for the Hartford Wolf Pack, and expectations are once again sky-high for the young Czech forward.
Lindgren meanwhile has just five games of experience at the NHL level after spending most of last season with Hartford. Acquired from the Boston Bruins as part of the Rick Nash trade in 2018, the 21-year old defenseman is another one of the team’s highly touted prospects.
With Mika Zibanejad dealing with an upper-body injury, it will be interesting to see if Chytil is inserted into the lineup right away. It is beginning to look more and more like this may be another developmental year for the Rangers despite their huge offseason, as they sit at 3-5-1 through their first nine games and have struggled to keep the puck out of their own net. Perhaps another youthful injection of talent can right the ship.