When will we see Chytil and Andersson?

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With Game 70 under the belt, we are in the home stretch of games. The Blueshirts have 12 games remaining until the season ends, and eyes are more on the kids and less on wins and losses. It is a bit refreshing to watch stress free hockey, but also a little depressing when you realize there is probably at least another year of this.

The good news is that we are expected to see 2017 first rounders Lias Andersson (7th) and Filip Chytil (21st) for the tail end of the season. The organization has confirmed they will be up with the Blueshirts for an extended look, and the question is when.

Before we understand when they are getting called up, we must understand their contracts. They are assigned to ELCs, which is standard. Andersson was re-assigned to Frolunda in September. He was then “loaned” to Hartford later in the season.

It appears Chytil was “re-assigned” to HC Zlin after his two game stint with the Rangers, before being “loaned” back to Hartford. In the grand scheme of things, we saw it as a move to Hartford.

However the phrase “loan” is critical here. If I’m understanding this properly –which I’ve been told I am– then the normal professional experience rules need not apply to Andersson and Chytil. This year does not count toward professional experience as long as they stay under 10 NHL games played. It’s a weird loophole.

Since they are on loan to Hartford, playing just nine NHL games keeps them under loan status. That means their contracts slide a year and their professional clock does not start until next season. Both of these are critical, as it not only keeps costs down, but keeps them both exempt from the NHL Expansion Draft that is looming in June, 2020.

With that in mind, we get to answer the question of when these kids will be called up. Chytil has played two games already, so he has seven remaining. Andersson has all nine. If I were a betting man, I’d bank on seeing Andersson at game 74 and Chytil at game 76, assuming the plan is play the full nine games.

The key is not rushing the kids, who appear to be playing very well in Hartford. Chytil is tearing it up (10-18-28 in 41 games) with Andersson not far behind (5-8-13 in 20 games). Let them get their cuppa, hopefully play some playoff games in Hartford, and then come into camp next year competing for a spot. Their development is going to be highly scrutinized.

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  • So we don’t burn their first years of their ELC’s.. I would say a week from this Saturday for Andersson, and after the home and home against the Caps for Chytil, or at least not until the back end of that home and home

  • This is great. It’s like a giant red curtain is about to open and we are going to see this rebuild start to take shape even further


  • I’m not depressed at all. This team gave me 12-13 pretty good years, I have no problem returning a couple of years to them while they set up for the next decade long resurgence.

  • News is that Georgiev will start tomorrow. Shattenkirk had a minor setback and will be off skates a a few days, still waiting on the MRI for DeAngelo

  • Hartford is 13 points out of a playoff spot so we can forget about that.

    Best bet might to play them now, then send them both to Gothenburg for their playoffs(Zlin already done.)

    • Sproul is one of 4 call ups allowed, the paper transaction after the trade deadline is another.

      Were there 2 of those paper moves? Because if there were, that would mean only one more call up is allowed.

  • I want a better draft position….Detroit…Edmonton….are full tank mode….freaking pretty stupid to win meaningless games….as an Army you make an attack and win but lose all your fighting capability while your enemy has a reserve….counter attacks you and you lose….get my drift?

    Play the young guys….tank as you give them experience….win win…but wait 3 games as to not burn a year

    Stupid pride is stupid….intelligent pride will gain you desired goals

    • The simple concept that players won’t tank, only teams tank, seems to elude you sometimes Leather. 😉 I mean look at our defense — which was down to 5 for almost half the game! Look who was in goal last night … and still, we won. The only way you’ll get your desired level of tankiness is if we start calling up the few kids we have down in the ECHL.

    • The problem is, as you say “….Detroit…Edmonton….are full tank mode….” They, and other teams, are already worse than the Rangers, and there’s no guarantee that even if we go into full tank mode, they won’t stay that way. In other words, they can lose just as easily as we can right through the end of the season.

      • Problem is…..Islanders and Chicago could draft ahead of us too…picking 10th is awful compared to 6th…you lose elite at 7….top 6 drafted will be elite….guys like Bovqist and Hughes right team…will be difference makers….wrong team stars….like Price and Lundqvist but not the difference makers they could’ve been with the right team

  • Given the limited time these two kids will get to play, it will be exciting just to showcase them to our loyal fan base, create hope, and excitement for next season.

    As for the tank, I hate the idea, but teams that have done it in the past are cup winners, Pittsburgh anyone? Those SOBs did it twice, and have 5 cups under their belt, and going for #6 this season, all in some 50 years. We play by the rules, and good sportsmanship, and have a total of four in 95 years or so. What’s wrong with this picture???????????

  • Hoping for the best on DeAngelo, he doesn’t need an injury set back at this juncture.

    Hope to see both Andersson and Chytil for the end of the season games. It will be fun to watch. The little bit I have seen of each of them gives me hope my favorite hockey club!

    • Peter

      And to think Chytil got a legit shot at playing those two games by AV, all of some 8 minutes playing time. What an ass!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I wanted to punctuate this for your benefit, seeing how we both appreciate it….. Have yourself a great afternoon………..

      • It was a joke. The kid makes the team and then AV sabotages him by giving him as little ice time as possible in the 2 games he dresses for … let’s give AV credit, he’s committed to transparency and doesn’t even try to hide his AVersion to young players. 😉

  • I’m new to this site, but it seems a lot of good thoughts and back and forth…here’s a question…AV gets lot’s of bashing on here and other sites…I get that…not a big fan of his “theories..”. Any suggestions for who should replace him?

    • Hey Dunes … welcome. Two names I’ve heard are Sheldon Keefe (seems like his name keeps coming up whenever there’s a coaching vacancy, at least the last couple of years) and DJ Smith who is Babcock’s assistant in Toronto. In the end it will probably be someone no one is thinking about. lol

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