Rangers select winger Jaroslav Chmelar with 5th round pick
With their 5th round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, #144 overall, the NY Ranges selected Jaroslav Chmelar, a winger out of Finland playing with Jokerit’s Juniors team.
Jaroslav Chmelař is my favorite under the radar prospect for the #2021NHLDraft.
Big bodied forward with goal-scoring ability, good around the net and strong away from the puck.
Here are his best moments from the 2020-21 season with U18 national team. pic.twitter.com/nXXClyNayo
— Czech Prospects (@CZprospects) July 20, 2021
Per this account, which follows Czech prospects, Chmelar is a project pick, but very toolsy and has a lot of good skill sets that should develop nicely. He’s going to take a while though, since he was just on the U18 team. Expect another 3-4 years before we start hearing about bringing him over to the AHL.