Filip Chytil signs four-year extension with New York Rangers

The New York Rangers have signed forward Filip Chytil to a four-year extension with an AAV of $4.4375 million.

Chytil is in the middle of a career year. The 23-year-old has 22 goals and 42 points in 66 games, far surpassing his previous record of 23 which he set in his first two seasons. He followed that up with a pair of 22-point campaigns, so he’s been consistent. Still, this year’s breakout looks more like what Rangers were hoping for after taking him 21st overall in 2017.

At 5-5, Chytil’s 17 goals are one behind Artemi Panarin for the team lead. He is also fourth in points with 32 and second behind Panarin (2.55) with 2.34 points per game among the Rangers in full season.

Born in Czechia, Chytil has represented his country at all major international levels apart from the Olympics. He won gold at the 2016 Hlinka-Gretzky Cup and had four goals and eight points in 20 games across three world championships.

Currently in the final year of a $2.3 million AAV contract, Chytil is a tall, 6-foot-3 forward who uses his speed and strength to his advantage. In open space, the center can absolutely fly, and he’s strong enough to consistently win puck battles down the boards.

Chytil has been the centerpiece of the New York kid line, and many expect her to play a key role in the team’s playoffs. Rangers have a solid top six, which includes Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, Vladimir Tarasenko, Chris Kreider, Vincent Trocheck and Patrick Kane. But with Chytil playing alongside Alexis Lafrenière and Kaapo Kakko – two other young forwards who have struggled to escape – Rangers have three truly dangerous scorelines.

Chytil had seven goals and nine points in 20 playoff games last year. This time around, expect coach Gerard Gallant to make the most of his burgeoning third line.

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