Rangers sign Filip Chytil to entry-level deal

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The New York Rangers agreed to terms with forward Filip Chytil on a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced on Friday.

The 6-foot-2, 192-pound forward was selected with the No. 21 pick in the recent NHL Entry Draft. A product of the Czech Republic, Chytil appeared in 38 games with PSG Zlin of Czech Extraliga this past season, generating eight points across four goals and four assists. The 17-year-old was second in the league for players under 18 in goals, a crop featuring 21 skaters. He was one of the youngest prospects out of the 2017 class.

Chytil had played for PSG Zlin since the 2012-13 campaign. He was an offensive force during the 2015-16 season, recording 28 goals and 22 assists over 30 games en route to a plus-23 net rating on the ice. After recording 30 goals and 18 assists in 25 HC Zlin U16 games, he was bumped up to the U18 level, where he registered nine points in 19 contests.

On the international platform, the forward has represented the Czech Republic on a couple of different occasions. Most recently, he skated in the 2017 IIHF World U18 Championship, where he netted a pair of goals and added three assists over five games. He also aided in Czech Republic earning a gold medal at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.

Chytil was the Rangers’ second pick of the draft after the team landed Lias Andersson with pick No. 7.

The Rangers finished the 2016-17 season 48-28-6 to qualify for a postseason appearance, which ended in the second round with a series loss to the Ottawa Senators.

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