Rangers Select [F] Lias Andersson with 7th Overall Pick

With the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, the New York Rangers select Lias Andersson from HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League.

Andersson is known as being a strong two-way forward with offensive potential. While not being a very large player at 6’0″ and 200 lbs, he uses his body to his advantage to control puck possession. His skating is improving though it does not impede his overall play. Andersson sees the ice very well and is very good at distributing the puck. He has a shot that isn’t overtly deadly, but very much capable of beating goaltenders. He’s more capable of producing offense by working his way into the dirty areas.

The Swede is a very low-risk pick for the New York Rangers given his style of play. He’s very disciplined and his two-way game will allow him to transition very nicely to NHL play. He projects as a middle six forward that can play in all situations and his likelihood of playing in the NHL is higher than some of the other players eligible. Andersson would be eligible to play in Hartford during the 2017-18 season should he choose to.

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  1. Quote Originally Posted by Dunny
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    I like it too, but the skating. It's all about skating. Hopefully it's an overblown concern on my part.



    He's looked a step slow, I think it's a pretty fair concern.

    But the reality is that we won't know what he can be, as a skater, until like 2021.





    Quote Originally Posted by Long live the King
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    Keep in mind he was here for the draft and development camp, went back to Sweden to play in some international junior games, came back for training camp/preseason, went back to Sweden to play in the SHL, back to the US for the WJC, went to Hartford, then the Rangers. Been a long year, gonna finish it up with the World Championships for Sweden. He's played a lot of hockey all over the world. As a teenager. After the World Championships he'll have some time to rest before getting ready for camp. If there's one thing you can't question about him its his drive and work ethic.



    Exactly. And at the same time, he is under immense pressure as the absolute top prospect of the organization, who was touted to be near-NHL ready, while Chytil can ride on lesser initial expectations and being more of a very young hit-or-miss-pick. It's not easy for Lias. I think it will do him a world of good to get some continuity either with the Rangers or Hartford and to have another top draftee added to the organization, so he doesn't have to lift all the pressure by himself.

    Also, four of the six players drafted before him are still in the juniors or Europe. Lias is progressing very nicely, in my opinion.





    Quote Originally Posted by Dunny
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    I like it too, but the skating. It's all about skating. Hopefully it's an overblown concern on my part.



    Keep in mind he was here for the draft and development camp, went back to Sweden to play in some international junior games, came back for training camp/preseason, went back to Sweden to play in the SHL, back to the US for the WJC, went to Hartford, then the Rangers. Been a long year, gonna finish it up with the World Championships for Sweden. He's played a lot of hockey all over the world. As a teenager. After the World Championships he'll have some time to rest before getting ready for camp. If there's one thing you can't question about him its his drive and work ethic.





    Quote Originally Posted by Dunny
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    I like it too, but the skating. It's all about skating. Hopefully it's an overblown concern on my part.



    He's a much better skater than Stepan or Hayes at this age.

    He's strong on his skates , for his age.
    Both will be in the nhl season, and for the foreseeable future, and they are still incredibly young. We have 5 seasons before we have to worry about them.

    I’m a sucker for speed, but I still like Andersson ‘s game. Both him and Chytil seem to read the play very well, and should continue to grow in the right environment
    Was much more impressed with chytil but it’s still early. We will see what he looks at camp but I would think he gets a year of ahl play next season. I agree with who ever said that he’s kind of slow.
    From what I've seen I think it's pretty wishful thinking to think that he's going to contribute in any meaningful way in 2018/19.

    I hate to say it, but, doesn't he remind you a bit of Jamie Lundmark? Smallish C, drafted later half of Top 10, not a great skater...
    Deadline acquisitions also have a potential to make a difference if they get some young guys who can go down there. I think one of the best things for Skjei's development was going on a long playoff run off his ATO.
    Totally different team, now. The AHL lifers are what they are but getting away from featuring guys like Tambellini and Gropp to featuring these two has changed everything.

    If they can get in and get Holland, Vinny and DeAngelo back they could have a long run.