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Ranger prospect Adam Sykora makes a check against Latvia
MONCTON, NB – DECEMBER 30: Gustavs Ozolins #9 of Team Latvia checks Adam Sykora #14 of Team Slovakia during the first period during the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship game at Avenir Centre on December 30, 2022, in Moncton, Canada. (Photo by Dale Preston/Getty Images) /

Adam Sykora

Viewed as one of the best defensive forward prospects around the NHL right now, Slovakia’s Adam Sykora has to be one of the headliners of this Slovakia group. With all sorts of possibilities surrounding the 2022 2nd-round draft pick of the Blueshirts, there are interesting developments with this player in more ways than you might think. He’s got a lot of rumors surrounding him and he could show why he is so highly touted with a strong performance here.

Sykora has been the subject of all sorts of rumors recently. With the player currently representing HK Nitra in his native Slovakia, the New York Rangers are interested in bringing this player across from Europe to get some experience on the bigger ice surface. While that may seem simple, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. Sykora is enjoying some success in Slovakia and doesn’t want to join a bad team in Canadian Juniors.

His rights currently belong to the Medicine Hat Tigers who drafted Sykora with the 1st overall pick in the 2022 CHL import draft. Jeff Marek of Sportsnet reported that there is a potential trade in place to move Sykora from Medicine Hat to the Saskatoon Blades, who are one of the better teams in the WHL’s Eastern Conference. While nothing is concrete, the idea that he could be moved may open up the door to his North American entrance.

Sykora will be the player a lot of people will be wanting to see when Slovakia takes to the ice. He’s going to have the chance to steal a lot of the headlines in the games he plays. If he can show that he was worth that first-overall pick in the CHL Import Draft, there’s a good chance Ranger fans will be able to see this player in the WHL later this year. This is a big chance for the 18-year-old forward.