New York Rangers F Chytil still adjusting to speed
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New York Rangers forward Filip Chytil has a goal and an assist since his recall from Hartford in late March as he continues to get comfortable with the speed of the game.

New York Rangers center Filip Chytil has adjusted to the speed of the game while he played for the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack. He has the speed to keep up on the defensive end of the ice along with speed to create scoring opportunities in the opposing team’s zone.

Chytil needs to work on a different issue regarding speed. That would be making quicker decisions on the ice. The pace of the game is the biggest area Chytil needs to improve on.

Head coach Alain Vigneault wasn’t too concerned with Chytil’s play or speed in the Rangers 2-1 win over Carolina on Saturday Night.

“You know, in some of those decisions, you have to give [the Hurricanes] credit — their pressure came hard and came quickly,” coach Alain Vigneault said to Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post after Saturday’s victory. He went on to say. “So I would say it’s just a matter of a young player, a rookie player, getting used to the pace. He’ll get used to it. You can tell with his speed out there that it shouldn’t be an issue.”

The time spent down with Hartford has dramatically improved his game. He has no fear of standing in front of the net to score the dirty goals needed in today’s game. His battle in the corners makes him a more dangerous player along with his passing skill.

The overall improvement of his game was shown last Friday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the team’s 7-3 loss where Chytil scored his first NHL goal.

The development of Filip Chytil is crucial to the Rangers’ rebuilding process. The center understands how important it is to improve his game now so that at training camp next season, he will be in control of his own game.

That’s an enormous amount of pressure for an 18-year-old kid. The Rangers are hoping he will be able to lead the charge back to winning hockey and perhaps his first playoff appearance at the end of next season.

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