Rangers 2020 NHL Draft Target Jan Mysak

The Rangers hold two first round draft picks in 2020 and will most certainly target a center with at least one of them. Here is a look at one of those potential targets.

Note: Prospect profile by Russell Hartman

Jan Mysak – C/LW – Hamilton Bulldogs- OHL – 6’0” – 176 pounds

Jan Mysak is listed at 28th on the North American skaters list from NHL.com but make no mistake, this kid is a bonafide first round talent. After spending 26 games where he scored five goals and added four assists for 9 points, Mysak decided it was time to finish his season and ultimately his junior career, playing in North America with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the OHL. 

When Mysak arrived on this side of the pond, he really began to take off. He showed flashes of some solid potential with HC Litvinov but he exploded with Hamilton where he scored at over a point per game pace. Mysak ended his season with Hamilton scoring 15 goals and addied 10 assists in just 22 games. 

Jan Mysak (photo: CTK)

The Rangers need centre prospects and Mysak would be a great addition to the pipeline as this rebuild continues. There is a huge chance he will be available at 13th overall and the Rangers should seriously consider drafting him if he’s available. 

Jan Mysak was a prolific scorer in junior hockey, but that seems like eons ago, no? Mysak, a gifted offensive forward and the prize of the Czech Republic’s draft class for 2020, was earning his stripes as a teenager in the tough Czech Extraliga for nearly two full seasons before joining the OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs in mid-January. With Litvinov, Mysak suited up for a team that not only ranked near the bottom, but also struggled to score. In a way, the situation allowed him to play a top-nine role, albeit with fluctuating minutes, and also gave him the opportunity to see significant time on the power play. He also displayed a high motor, youthful exuberance, and was finding ways to get under the skin of opponents twice his age.

The Draft Analyst

Expert Opinion – Scott Wheeler – The Athletic – “I see a player with some exciting raw tools, led by an excellent release, light edge work and slick puck skills in traffic. Once he learns to use his teammates a little more or adds more of a passing element to his game, he’ll be fun to watch.”