Prospect Ramblings – Czech, Bears, MHL December 14 2017

Pat Quinn

2017-12-14

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Happy one month of prospect ramblings to me, I am still here. It calls for a celebratory song:

 

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Big news for the Czech World Junior squad as the New York Rangers officially loaned Filip Chytil from Hartford to play in the World Junior tournament.

 

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">OFFICIAL: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NYR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NYR</a> have loaned Filip Chytil to the Czech <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldJuniors?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldJuniors</a> team for the <a href="https://twitter.com/iihf_wjc?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@iihf_wjc</a>. <a href="https://t.co/OWr4XY3fAZ">pic.twitter.com/OWr4XY3fAZ</a></p>&mdash; New York Rangers (@NYRangers) <a href="https://twitter.com/NYRangers/status/940962886804963328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 13, 2017</a></blockquote>
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(I cannot believe I did not link the tweet last week correctly, apologies)

 

Chytil has been sidelined a few different times this season in the AHL with random injuries but still sits sixth on the Wolf Pack in scoring with 12 points in just 15 games. The guaranteed addition of Chytil will give the Czech squad a great group of top four forwards that includes Martin Necas, Ostap Safin, and Filip Zadina. Once the tournament is completed Chytil is expected to rejoin Hartford in the AHL.

 

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Lucas Johansen in his first year with the Hershey Bears is currently sitting tied for fourth on the squad with Riley “cannot buy a point at the moment” Barber. He sits first on the team in defense scoring with 14 points in 27 games and is tasked with the team’s top minutes and powerplay. Johansen looks to be advancing faster than the Capitals anticipated and is looking more and more like he could step into the lineup next season.

 

As noted above Riley Barber cannot buy any sort of points this year (not many of the Hershey Bears can this season), with 14 points in 28 games. It is not for lack of trying as he is routinely one of the most dangerous Bears every night. He will be an NHLer but how high up the lineup he can get is still up in the air.

 

Since coming back from the ECHL (a move based on available playingtime over overall play) Vitek Vanecek has thrown together a string of good starts for the Bears racking up three wins with one shut out. The completion of the game tonight for the Bears was not a great one for Vanecek, so I may have jinxed him. Long term there will be a battle between Ilya Samsonov and Vanecek for control of the crease, and while Samsonov has the first round pedigree in his favour do not count out Vanacek who may be able to sneak in an NHL role before him.

 

Ilya Samsonov is of coure expected to sign an ELC with the Capitals at the conslusion of his KHL season. He expressed his desire to come play in North America at the conclusion of his KHL deal this off season, and has said he has no problem starting in the AHL and working his way up to the NHL. Old story is here:

https://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2017/08/11/ilya-samsonov-eyes-backup-role-capitals-next-season-open-playing-ahl/

 

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Stepping overseas to Russia for a moment, more specifically the MHL, potential 2018 pick Yevgeni Tsaryuk is having a great season with 31 points in 32 games leading all 2018 Russian draftees. He was passed over