World Juniors: Andersson, Chytil impress in openers

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The 2018 World Juniors are officially underway in Buffalo, and that means we get first hand looks at 2017 first rounders Lias Andersson (Sweden) and Filip Chytil (Czech Republic). Chytil contributed a goal and an assist in Czech’s surprising 5-4 win over Russia. Andersson notched two goals in Sweden’s 6-1 demolition of Belarus. He also had an assist, but it hasn’t hit the official game score. These tournaments are notoriously bad at keeping good stat sheets, so it’s unlikely he gets credit.

I didn’t watch the games in the middle of the day, the great Euro prospect extraordinaire Alex Nunn did, and he was kind enough to make some gifs. Here are some of the highlights.

Andersson’s second goal, off a brilliant feed from consensus #1 pick in 2018, Rasmus Dahlen:

Andersson heading to the front of the net for his first goal of the tournament:

Chytil’s goal:

Chytil centering the puck for his assist:

The expected semi finalists are USA, Canada, Sweden, and Russia. However with Czech’s 5-4 win over Russia, that may change. All in all, a good start for the NYR prospects yesterday. Hopefully they keep it up.

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9 thoughts on “World Juniors: Andersson, Chytil impress in openers

  • Dec 27, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Hopefully they both dominate in the tourney to show that they are progressing.

    At this point, Chytil may be a call up here for the playoff run, depending on the trade market for a top 9 center.

    • Dec 27, 2017 at 6:30 am

      Assuming the Rangers make the playoffs.

    • Dec 27, 2017 at 11:18 am

      As eye opening as our prospects looked, the Euro talent–Finns, Russians and Swedes–floating in and out of the rooftop bar of The Curtiss Hotel, downtown Buffalo was phenomenal. Scintillating.

      Man, I held a spot for you at the bar, Anthony. What gives?

  • Dec 27, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Thanks Dave, and by extension, Alex.

    Both of these kids do look like sound prospects. Thank you Jeff.

    These two kids are all the more reason, we should be looking towards the future and not a quick “fix”, trading away assets for another ridiculous “one more kick at the can”, when most feel IF we make the playoffs, it will be another early exit………………

    Just think of how stocked we could be going forward if the Rangers explored the following trades:
    Nash a UFA
    Grabner a UFA

    If ever this is the year. The names above should be able to net us a plethora of a combination of high quality prospects, high picks in an exceptionally strong draft class, and even a quality NHL player.

    I’m terrible at suggesting trades. But I will make an exception here. McD to Toronto for Marner. The Leafs get a legit first pairing D-man and we in return get a top six right winger, who can play center, and I believe is a right handed shot.

    If ever ladies and gentlemen, this IS the year.

    • Dec 27, 2017 at 7:07 am


      This is the year to stock up on draft picks, because it’s a real deep draft for sure. If we were ever to be lucky in the draft, I would salivate at the prospect of getting the Dahlen kid for us, that would be wonderful! Just dreaming, but one can hope………….

      • Dec 27, 2017 at 7:29 am

        Hi Walt

        I think you and I have always been on the same page when it comes to draft picks.

        Even if the Rangers followed a plan of trading the group above I doubt we’d finish low enough to be in the lottery and hence get a crack at the consensus #1 overall pick in Dahlen.

        But you’re right, it’s so nice to dream at getting a “generational” player so many of us yearn for, and by all accounts Dahlen is that type of player.

        • Dec 27, 2017 at 7:50 pm


          I agree, but the picks we pick up may do the job for us????? Again, just dreaming for a great outcome!!

      • Dec 27, 2017 at 3:21 pm

        Hey Walt I’m with you and others on amassing picks. Look what the Yankees have done by changing their philosophy. A stock system that will feed the big club for years. Plus still trade for young cost control players. Trade guys like McD now. The 2017 kids are coming as is Sean Day plus Buchnevich and Kreider and company. Between CK, JT and Hayes one my have to be traded for assets because of the cap.Let me know forget the next superstar in goal the Russian kid. A cup winning team is being build. AV I don’t think is the coach who will take these guys to the promise land.

    • Dec 28, 2017 at 6:39 am

      Which leaves the Rangers with one NHL level D-man and none on the horizon. That means looking three or four years down the road to relevance. And with Gorton/Sather in charge, who knows if they use the picks on the next McIlraths.

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