Lias Andersson

by olafson1393 on June 12, 2018

 

Lias Andersson, C/LW

Shoots: L

Height: 5-11

Weight: 198

Born: 1998-10-13

Hometown:   Smogen, SWE

 

Drafted: 1st round 2017 7th overall NYR

Observations:

June 2018 – Anderson’s draft+1 season was packed full of a broad array of competition, varying from several international competitions to the Swedish Hockey League, the American Hockey League, and Finally a seven-game stint with the Rangers to but a bow on it all. Anderson made headlines in January after captaining the Swede’s World Junior squad to a silver medal in Buffalo, NY. He led the team in goals with six throughout the seven-game tournament, but was heavily criticized for his passionate gesture of removing his silver medal and tossing it into the crowd after the presentation. The Rangers’ stood by one of their top prospects and praised him for his desire to win, as did many others. After his extensive year, Anderson will be in a good position to challenge for the Ranger’s third-line center position in the fall, however he will be up against worthy competition. If he fails to make the cut out of camp, he will be returned to Rochester, but likely receive a call-up at some point through the campaign. In a rising pool of prospects he could be one of the first to make an impact in the NHL. Brayden Olafson
 

March 2017 – Lias Andersson is a versatile forward. He has a mature frame, can play a variety of forward positions in a variety of situations. Andersson uses his size and strength to protect the puck and win puck battles at both ends of the ice. He brings energy and compete to every shift and has above average offensive upside as well. He has dominated offensively against his age group, produced offensively at international tournaments and is scoring about half a point per game pace against men in pro hockey in the SHL in his draft year.

Andersson may lack the offensive ceiling as many other first round picks, but his NHL certainty is very high, and his contribution in multi-cat leagues will be higher. Peter Harling

Fantasy Outlook: B+

Versatile, all-around forward with offensive upside.

 

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Lias Andersson 2017 World Junior goal:

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