Rangers Roundup: Filip Chytil skating, lineup news, and Ty Emberson claimed off waivers
The New York Rangers are preparing to take on the New York Islanders in their fourth preseason matchup (1-2-0). News coming out of camp has forward Filip Chytil still day-to-day with an upper-body injury, but apparently on the mend. According to NY Post reporter Larry Brooks, Chytil skated on his own prior to Saturday’s non-game group skate.
In other news, it looks like the Rangers lineup versus Islanders tonight at UBS Arena will have several notable veterans. At the forefront is Artemi Panarin, who will make his preseason debut after nursing a lower-body injury that prevented him from playing in any of the three prior exhibition matches.
Filip Chytil skating and Rangers lineup
Head coach Peter Laviolette liked what he saw out of Chytil in the team’s first preseason game against the Boston Bruins last Sunday. There’s been talk of the young center getting a chance to play with Panarin at some point. Unfortunately, this hasn’t happened in camp as Chytil nurses himself back to health.
“It is what is,” Laviolette shrugged. “I can’t think about the what ifs. At some point I would like to see (them together).”
Chytil, 24, posted a career-season with 22 goals and totaled 45 points in 74 games last year.
Based on multiple reports out of practice, the other players likely to suit up are Mika Zibanejad and Alexis Lafreniere, with the latter sure to be on right wing again. Also, both top prospects Will Cuylle and Brennan Othmann will get another chance to impress management in order to earn a spot on opening night.
“We made a couple of changes to the lineup since we don’t have a back-to-back,” Laviolette said today. “Looking forward to the game tonight.”
New York Rangers waivers update
On Friday, the Rangers placed the following six players on waivers:
Riley Nash, F
Connor Mackey, D
Ty Emberson, D
Turner Elson, F
Anton Blidh, F
Alex Belzile, F
All cleared except for the one player that the Rangers would’ve liked to see return back to the Hartford Wolf Pack. On Saturday, the San Jose Sharks claimed defenseman Ty Emberson.
The 23 year-old was acquired as part of the trade that sent defenseman Patrik Nemeth, a 2025 second-round pick, and a conditional second-round pick in 2026 to the Arizona Coyotes on July 13, 2022. New York also signed him to a two-way contract with an AAV of $775,000 this past July.
Last season, he registered 7 goals and 20 assists for 27 points in 69 regular-season games for the Hartford Wolf Pack with a +17 rating. Emberson was also recognized as the AHL’s Eastern Conference Best Defensive Defenseman.
The other five players will be assigned to Hartford, where Wolf Pack camp begins on Sunday.
Update: New York Rangers trim roster to 34 players
The Rangers have assigned prospect forward Adam Sykora to Hartford along with Alex Belzile (F), Anton Blidh (F), Turner Elson (F), Connor Mackey (D), and Riley Nash (F) to Hartford. Wolf Pack camp opens Sunday.
Per the Rangers Press Release:
The Rangers have 34 players remaining in Training Camp. The roster breakdown is listed below:
Forwards (19): Brett Berard, Nick Bonino, Jonny Brodzinski, Filip Chytil, Will Cuylle, Adam Edstrom, Barclay Goodrow, Kaapo Kakko, Chris Kreider, Alexis Lafreniere, Jake Leschyshyn, Brennan Othmann, Artemi Panarin, Tyler Pitlick, Matt Rempe, Vincent Trocheck, Jimmy Vesey, Blake Wheeler, Mika Zibanejad
Defensemen (11): Adam Fox, Erik Gustafsson, Ben Harpur, Mac Hollowell, Zac Jones, Ryan Lindgren, K’Andre Miller, Matthew Robertson, Brandon Scanlin, Braden Schneider, Jacob Trouba
Goaltenders (4): Louis Domingue, Dylan Garand, Jonathan Quick, Igor Shesterkin
The Rangers placed forward Jake Leschyshyn on waivers Saturday.