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Future Watch: Milan Kytnar

Oilers prospect Milan Kytnar has seen it all this season.

Thursday, 19.01.2012 / 3:19 PM / Future Watch
By Chris Wescott  - edmontonoilers.com
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Future Watch: Milan Kytnar
To say that Milan Kytnar’s season has been interesting is an understatement. The 22 year-old centerman from Topolcany, Slovakia has suited up for three different teams at three levels of hockey this season, making him well traveled for such a young prospect.

Kytnar, the Oilers fifth-round pick (127th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, spent his rookie season with the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League, playing in 78 games and logging 29 points (13-16-29).



It was a promising season in which he finished strong; however he began the 2011-2012 season with an injury that would keep him off the ice during training camp. Depth pushed Kytnar to the Oilers ECHL affiliate in Stockton, Calif.  He played 14 games with the Thunder, scoring eight points (5-3-8).
Kytnar held his own in his first ever NHL game.

Injuries and suspensions gave Kytnar the opportunity he had been waiting for and he was recalled by Oklahoma City on November 23. He played in seven games for OKC, recording one assist before he was assigned to Stockton again.



A sickness to recently recalled center Ryan O’Marra forced the Edmonton Oilers to make an emergency call up, allowing Kytnar to go from the ECHL to the NHL in one move. He appeared in his first career NHL game on January 11.  He played nearly six minutes in the game and recorded one shot on goal.

“It was amazing. I’ve got to say it was amazing,” Kytnar said.



Now he is back in Oklahoma City skating with the Barons in a league and with a team he is where he can prove he belongs.



“Last season, I had not a bad season for a rookie. I had a pretty strong finish and I wanted to build off it this season. But unfortunately it didn’t happen. So when I’m (in OKC) I try to perform the best that I can and try to fight for my spot here.”

The call-up to Edmonton served as a wake-up call for Kytnar who needed a little push to get his season back on track.

“

The call (from Edmonton) I got… really, really pushed me forward and it was something I need. Something like a little kick to… stay focused, stay positive and even if things aren’t really going the way you would like. So it really helped a lot.”


The well traveled forward has certainly racked up the experience this year.

The adversity that the young centerman has faced early this season has been something he has not only faced head on but embraced as a lesson to learn from.

“It’s definitely something I will carry on for the rest of the season. If you get to do something like that it’s only motivation for you to keep going and keep pushing.”



The leason learned? Stay positive and keep skating.



“The main thing for me, probably, about this season is to keep working and stick with it.”

Prospect Stats Updated as of Thursday, January 19, 2012.


Forwards


Name age GP G A P +/- PIM team
Cameron Abney   20 24 2 3 5  -1 112 Stockton Thunder (ECHL)
Mark Arcobello   23 38 4 15 19 +10 14 Oklahoma City Barons (AHL)
Alexander Bumagin   24 32 3 7 10   -2 8 Novokuznetsk Metallurg
Philippe Cornet   21 33 17 4 21 -1 13 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Drew Czerwonka   19 32 11 15 26 +5 30 Kootenay ice (WHL)
Travis Ewanyk   18 - - - - - - edmonton oil kings (WHL)
Josh Green   34 19 7 10 17 +7 21 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Curtis Hamilton   20 31 3 5 8   +1 4 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Teemu Hartikainen   21 26 8 8 16  -4 10 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Tanner House   25 37 4 7 11 +7 19 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Kellen Jones   21 22 6 13 19  0 33 quinnipiac university
Ryan Keller   27 38 13 15 28 +11 22 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Milan Kytnar   22 14 5 3 8   4 12 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Ryan Martindale   20 29 5 9 14 -11 10 stockton thunder (ECHL)
Linus Omark   24 7 1 6 7 +2 4 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Ryan O'Marra   24 34 7 9 16 +11 52 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Kristians Pelss   19 40 16 15 31 +23 56 edmonton oil kings (WHL)
Tyler Pitlick   19 33 4 5 9 -8 22 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Toni Rajala   20 35 12 9 21 -6 10 ilves tampere (sm-liiga)
Liam Reddox   25 39 9 12 21 -9 20 vaxjo hc (SEL)
Tobias Rieder   18 34 22 16 38 +14 12 kitchener rangers (OHL)
Hunter Tremblay   25 39 6 9 15  +6 29 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Antti Tyrvainen   22 20 2 5 7 +5 15 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Chris VandeVelde   24 40 4 8 12 -5 18 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Defencemen
Name age GP G A P +/- PIM team
Kyle Bigos   22 19 3 9 12   0 66 merrimack college
Jeremie Blain   19 7 3 7 10 +7 12 Victoriaville tigers (QMjhl)
Taylor Chorney   19 22 3 7 10   3 10 OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS (AHL)
Brandon Davidson   20 47 9 26 35 +19 54 regina pats (wHL)
Martin Gernat   18 34 7 22 29 +23 26 edmonton oil kings (WHL)
Oscar Klefbom   18 19 0 0 0   1 2 farjestads bk karlstad (SEL)
Martin Marincin   19 4 2 2 4   3 2 regina pats (WHL)
Johan Motin   22 19 0 0 0   0 12 Timra ik (seL)
David Musil   18 37 1 15 16 +11 76 vancouver giants (WHL)
Jeff Petry   23 2 0 1 1 +1 2 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Alex Plante   22 28 1 10 11 +13 63 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Dillon Simpson   18 23 0 11 11   0 4 u. of north dakota
Colten Teubert   21 18 2 4 6 +7 33 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Goalies
Name age GP w l T GAA SV% team
Tyler Bunz   19 41 25 12 4 2.56 .922 medicine hat tigers (WHL)
Yann Danis   30 25 15 8 1 2.13 .922 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Samu Perhonen   18 9 - - - 3.79 .889 Jyp ht jyvaskyla (sm-liiga)
Olivier Roy   20 22 7 11 4 2.68 .915 stockton thunder (echl)
Frans Tuohimaa   20 17 6 5 5 2.59 .900 jokerit helsinki (sm-liiga)
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