One of the best defensive forwards in his class, with decent puck skills and goal-scoring abilities. Hard worker with second-line upside if he can work on his lack of pace.
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July 2022 – Sýkora was drafted 63rd overall by the New York Rangers as the young player goes to an organization where he can easily reach his floor (a bottom six energy winger) or his ceiling (top six winger). Pat Quinn
June 2022 – Sýkora was a consistent riser this year as he caught the eye of most scouts watching HK Nitra play for his teammate, Simon Nemec. Sýkora is one of the youngest players in the 2022 draft class with a September 2004 birthday, and not only produced decently at the pro level in Slovakia with 12 goals and 22 points in 65 regular season and playoff games but had a very clear and projectable identity.
The winger is among the draft’s most consistent and intense forecheckers, applying pressure and closing passing lanes with an active stick. He is also one of the better defensive forwards available due to a combination of excellent scanning habits, awareness, and willingness to help his team in its own end. While he is at his best off the puck, he possesses a good shot which he needs some space to really fire off, and his intense style of play leads to some dirty goals around the crease. He is not a high-end playmaker, but he does drive