Rangers prospect Filip Chytil has been invited to play for Team Czech Republic in the 2018 World JuniorChampionships.
New York Rangers prospect Filip Chytil has been playing well for the Hartford Wolf Pack. As the upcoming World Junior Championships in Buffalo, NY are getting closer, team Czech Republic has invited Chytil to join their team. While there’s been no official response, the New York Post‘s Larry Brooks hears from sources that the Rangers will allow Chytil to participate in the tournament.
— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) November 24, 2017
Chytil would rejoin the Wolf Pack after the tournament, enabling the Rangers to call him up to New York if they chose as opposed to sending him back to the Czech Republic and losing that advantage.
The 21st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Chytil had an excellent training camp and made the Rangers roster. But he was sent down to Hartford after just three NHL games, as the Rangers felt he would fit better in the AHL, where he’d be under less pressure and able to more easily acclimate himself to the North American style of hockey.
In nine games played in Hartford, he has five goals and six assists for 11 points. He has been out of the Wolf Pack lineup a few times due to injury but has been productive when on the ice.
Filip Chytil returned to Hartford's lineup on Saturday, scored twice, and played a great all-around game. I put together some video for you. https://t.co/wvFTjCGEaT
— Adam Herman (@AdamZHerman) November 21, 2017
The International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships are being Held in Buffalo, NY at three different locations: the Key Bank Center, Harborcenter, and New Era Field. The tournament runs from Dec. 26-Jan. 5.
The World Championships consists of teams from the United States Canada, Denmark, Slovakia, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Belarus.