The New York Rangers rewarded forward Filip Chytil with a four-year extension after a breakout season. And the gesture from the organization left an impact on a young forward.
Chytil spoke publicly about the extension for the first time. He mentioned how the extension affected him and his thought process regarding a new deal during the season.
“It means a lot. I'll be honest,” Chytil said Thursday. “I didn't think about it too much this season; I was just focusing on my game and it just came yesterday and I'm very happy that it's done.”
Chytil has enjoyed a bit of a breakout season in 2022-23. He has career highs in goals (22), assists (20) and points (42) while playing 67 games on broadway this season.
“I felt I was making progress since the first year. I know the production wasn't there that much the first years, but this year, finally, it's coming along with my game and that's what I'm saying all the time,” Chytil said.
The Rangers drafted the 23-year-old in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft. And he made his NHL debut that year, playing his first career NHL game in early October 2017.
Chytil has anchored the Rangers' third line, and he plays alongside two former top-two NHL draft picks. The 23-year-old has flashed the potential to move up in the New York lineup sometime in the future.
“It's about process and about the hard work that I'm putting in and happy that I can see that hard work pays off. I'm not finished; it just started for me and just keep doing the things that I'm doing,” the Rangers forward said.