The official word from the Rangers is that Filip Chytil, the third line center that was close to an early season breakout, will be sidelined for four to six weeks due to what is known as an « upper body injury ». ”, Which he suffered in a second open-ice collision with Evan Rodrigues in Pittsburgh on Sunday evening.
It appeared that Chtyil sustained an injury to his left hand or wrist when he was told by medical trainer Jim Ramsay was treated on the bench after the incident at 9:11 a.m. in the second phase, in which the two players also appeared to be on their knees – knee. Rodrigues is set to pause for an indefinite period of time what the Penguins refer to as « lower body injury ».
As if the 1-3-1 start less than two weeks into the season hadn’t caused enough adversity, it certainly carries to the challenge the Rangers face.
Chytil, 21, who scored two goals and an assist skating between Philip DiGiuseppe and Kaapo Kakko in a stable and reliable third line, will be his first game on Tuesday in Buffalo against the Sabers.
The Blueshirts will first try to close the hole by bringing Brett Howden to the third row and repeating a role he held in the first half of last season before taking the Moved to the wing for the rest of the year. Rangers manager David Quinn said Monday that he envisioned a number of changes in the team’s line combinations. It is therefore unclear who Howden will have on the wing when the Blueshirts try to get out of their own hole early in the season.
Howden had played reasonably well in the first five games in the fourth row, averaging 13 : 17 ice times scored per game, including 1:12 on power play and 1:56 per penalty shootout. Indeed, Howden’s ability on the face-off points had lifted him above Chytil for use with the man advantage, with # 72 getting an average of only 0:37 per, but the coach had said this would only be a temporary situation / p> That hurts the Rangers exactly where they can probably least afford it. The organizational depth at the center of the organization is missing. Fourth row Kevin Rooney and Colin Blackwell are providing backstops to Howden at the NHL level, while Morgan Barron and Justin Richards are skating at Hartford’s AHL training camp, which officially started on Monday.
It doesn’t seem like that right now that the Rangers will promote 22-year-old Barron to taxi commission even though the wolf pack season doesn’t start until February 7th The team has two preseason games this year, Sunday and Monday, so maybe the situation will change after that.
22-year-old Richards, whom the Blueshirts signed as an unoccupied free agent from Minnesota-Duluth in the off-season missed the entire NHL camp due to COVID-19 issues. He’s at work though and could be a candidate for the taxi team, which has two open positions.
If that injury comes at an inopportune time for the Rangers, it will probably double that for Chytil, who started his Combine physical and professional characteristics into an impressive package. The 21-year-old, 21st overall selection of the draft for 2017 had three points (2: 1) with a team lead of 63.81 Corsi (among players with at least 20 minutes five-on-five ice age) and an expected goal percentage of 67, 96.
Furthermore, the Chytil-Kakko partnership flourished as each of the young guns gained confidence in themselves as individuals while generating chemistry as a tandem. This lays an obvious impact on it.
Additionally, in the next four to six weeks, the Rangers will lose the opportunity to get Chytil in the top six with Artemi Panarin. Management is in a situation worth knowing as to their long-term plan for this location. Ryan Strome is unlikely to be an answer in the long run. With Chtyil able to handle the assignment, the team will no longer have to trade a top 6 pivot, which will likely come at a high price.
That opportunity is missed for a stretch that is up to 20 games or more than a third of the 56 game season.
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