The New York Rangers may have some reinforcement on the way in center Filip Chytil. The 24-year-old has played just ten games this season missing an extended period of time dealing with a concussion and lingering symptoms. In his ten games in the lineup, Chytil recorded six assists while spending the majority of his time on the third line.
While dealing with the lingering effects stemming from his concussion, Chytil returned back home to Czechia to progress in his recovery. Chytil worked with his brother Libor -- who's a strength and conditioning coach -- while also getting to share the ice with Jaromir Jagr. Libor shared his status on where Filip stands in an Instagram post saying the following:
"We've done a lot of work together and I believe that Fil will be back soon and stronger than before."- Libor Chytil
The return of Chytil will bring desperately needed scoring ability to the bottom six of the New York Rangers.
Jonny Brodzinski has filled in for Chytil for the most part scoring a goal and eight assists in 29 games played for the Rangers. Alongside the impressive rookie Will Cuylle and Blake Wheeler, the third line may be able to start producing at a higher level. The Rangers desperately need another line to start contributing, as Panarin, Trocheck, and Lafreniere continue to carry the load offensively.
New York Rangers: How soon will we see Chytil?
Figuring out a timeline for Chytil is difficult with head injuries providing many uncertainties or comparisons. Peter Laviolette spoke on Chytil returning to America saying Fil has no timeline for his return yet.
The All-Star Break is approaching with the Rangers' last game of the first half coming on Saturday, meaning we likely won't see Chytil until at least Feb. 5. The expectations should be that Chytil begins skating with the team again in the next week where Laviolette and the staff can evaluate him before they decide on when he'll return.