New York Rangers return Adam Sykora back to HK Nitra, roster down to 61 players

On Tuesday, the New York Rangers returned Adam Sykora back to HK Nitra of the Slovak Extraliga after playing in one exhibition game. He finished with 2 shots, and 4 penalty minutes in 12:39 of ice time as the Blueshirts beat the Islanders by a 4-1 score.

Sykora, 18, was taken in the second-round of the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. It was the Rangers first pick after losing a first-round selection as a condition of the Andrew Copp deadline trade with the Winnipeg Jets.

Adam Sykora returned back to HK Nitra

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Jul 8, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CANADA; Adam Sykora gives an interview after being selected by the New York Rangers in the second round of the 2022 NHL Draft at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

There really was no expectation for Sykora to make this team coming out of his draft year. The plan was always for him to return to HK Nitra where he recorded 10 goals and 17 points in 46 games last season.

Sykora is known for his relentless forecheck and ability to get under his opponent’s skin. He showed that in his one preseason game against the Isles on Monday. Despite not being very big at 5-10 and 172 lbs, Sykora didn’t look out of place in the game. He was strong on the puck and showed no fear of getting involved in the play.

“It will be special for me to be a part of this team,” Sykora said before the game. “I will prepare for this game mentally and physically because it will be hard.”

New York Rangers trim roster to 61 players

Per the Rangers press release here are the 61 remaining players in camp:

Forwards (36): Sammy Blais, Easton Brodzinski, Jonny Brodzinski, Ryan Carpenter, Filip Chytil, Will Cuylle, Cristiano DiGiacinto, Adam Edstrom, Turner Elson, Tanner Fritz, Julien Gauthier, Tim Gettinger, Barclay Goodrow, Karl Henriksson, Dryden Hunt, Zach Jordan, Kaapo Kakko, Patrick Khodorenko, Ryder Korczak, Vitali Kravtsov, Chris Kreider, Alexis Lafrenière, Ryan Lohin, Brennan Othmann, Lauri Pajuniemi, Artemi Panarin, Ryan Reaves, Matt Rempe, Austin Rueschhoff, Gustav Rydahl, C.J. Smith, Bobby Trivigno, Vincent Trocheck, Jimmy Vesey, Alex Whelan, Mika Zibanejad

Defensemen (18): Matt Bartkowski, Ty Emberson, Adam Fox, Zach Giuttari, Libor Hajek, Louka Henault, Blake Hillman, Zac Jones, Ryan Lindgren, Luke Martin, K’Andre Miller, Matthew Robertson, Brandon Scanlin, Braden Schneider, Hunter Skinner, Jarred Tinordi, Jacob Trouba, Andy Welinski

Goaltenders (7): Talyn Boyko, Louis Domingue, Parker Gahagen, Dylan Garand, Jaroslav Halak, Olof Lindbom, Igor Shesterkin

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