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Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

11/8/17 | 5:15PM: Andersson said that he and Ciaccio focused a lot on his skating and that for Andersson to take then ext step he has to "improve it." (Hockey Sverige)

Ciaccio has also spoken with assistant coaches for Frolunda about things that Andersson should continue to work on. (Hockey Sverige)

10/30/17 | The Rangers have sent their skills coach Marc Ciaccio over to Sweden so that he can work with Lias Andersson on "skill development and skating improvements." (Frolunda)

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Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Lias Andersson said that he thinks that going back to Frolunda for this season was the best option for him. (Hockey Sverige)

Andersson said that the Rangers trust Frolunda so that this seems like a "safe" move for both sides. (Hockey Sverige)

He said that the Rangers decided that Frolunda would be the best place for him rather than being the 13th forward and going up and down between Hartford and New York. (GP)

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Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Asked why Lias Andersson was loaned to Frolunda in the Swedish league, Jeff Gorton said that by returning to Sweden Andersson would be able to play in the top-six and in every situation.

Gorton said that as of now those were not available roles with the Rangers and that "for an 18 year old player, we want them playing."

Gorton said that the Rangers do have the ability to call Andersson back from Sweden but that their plan is to have him play the whole year with Frolunda, as well as in the World Juniors.

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Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

6:21PM: Prior to the game, Vigneault said of Andersson "he blocked another shot yesterday off the foot, foot that was already sore and he had a real tough time walking after the game. We decided, he didn't skate today, we will give him a couple of days and see where we go from there."

5:13PM: The Rangers have announced that Lias Andersson will not play in the preseason finale against the Flyers after blocking a shot in the foot yesterday. (NYR)

Andersson played 10:23 last night with 4:32 in the first, 3:40 in the second and only 2:10 in the third.

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Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Asked on Friday if he thought it were possible that both Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil could make the team to start the year, Alain Vigneault said that it was possible due to Jesper Fast being out until the end of October.

Asked on Monday, Vigneault said that it was "possible" that the Rangers enter the season with two 18-year olds and that both Andersson and Chytil are scheduled to play the final two games of the preseason.

On Thursday, Vigneault said that both Andersson and Chytil are "coachable and seem to be having fun and that the duo have caught the attention of the coaching staff because of their "skills, skating and hockey smarts."

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Against the Islanders last night, Lias Andersson assisted on the game winning goal, played 16:10, was called for a cross checking penalty and had 1 shot on goal.

Andersson was credited with 2 hits and was 7 and 4 on faceoffs, seeing 10:54 at even strength, 5:16 on the PP and 44 seconds on the PK.

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3:35PM: Alain Vigneault said on Monday that he really likes Andersson's skill set and how he interacts, and asks questions, of his teamamtes.

He likened it to when the Rangers acquired Marty St. Louis and how Mats Zuccarello would follow him and ask him questions about what he was doing.

Vigneault said "I see the same type of personality as far as asking questions. I hear that in his teams back home he had been a captain and leader. I believe that in Lias' case we have real good personality and a real good person."

On Chytil, Vigneault said "Filip doesn't know the language as well and he is just coming back from injury but what I saw him yesterday skating wise was real good."

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9/6/17 | During the World Junior Summer Showcase, TSN analyst Craig Button said that Lias Andersson reminded him of former Dallas Star Jere Lehtinen.

Lehtinen is having his number retired in Dallas and was a Stanley Cup winner, 3-time Selke Winner and had 514 points in 875 games.

Rangers assistant coach Lindy Ruff, who was the coach in Dallas when it was announced that Lehtinen's number would be retired, said that he was "a heck of a two-way player, one of the best two-way players that played the game." (NHL.com)

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Lias Andersson played for Frolunda today after not dressing during the team's preseason games.

Andersson said that it was nice to get back on the ice with his teammates but that he had heavy legs after not playing for a bit. (GP)

Andersson skated on the fourth line for Frolunda and played 13:12, 4 shot attempts, 1 shot on goal, 2 blocked shots and was 7 for 14 on faceoffs.

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Corey Pronman recently ranked Lias Andersson 47th on his list of the top 100 prospects. (ESPN Insider)

In ranking him 47th, Pronman wrote that Andersson doesn't dazzle with "high-end dekes, but there is a lot of skill" in his game. (ESPN Insider)

He said that Andersson has a quick shot, makes quick decisions, is tough, strong and can "kill penalties adequately."(ESPN Insider)

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Lias Andersson did not play for Frolunda against his former team HV71 in an exhibition game because the Rangers don't want him to risk injury. (JMini)

Frolunda defeated HV71 8-1. (Aftonbladet)

Andersson said that the Rangers want him to be as fresh as he can be when he comes to New York in September for training camp, and probably the Traverse City tournament. (Aftonbladet)

Andersson is expected to play for Frolunda in the Champions League when those games start next week. (GP)

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Lias Andersson scored thrice for Sweden during the World Junior Summer Showcase and added 1 assist and 11 shots on goal.

Swedish coach Tomas Monten said of Andersson, "Lias is a player that leaves everything on the ice every time. That's a big key factor for your team. We need the leadership, that kind of work ethic on the ice." (NHL)

Andersson was the captain for Team Sweden.

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When asked after the draft to describe his game, Rangers first round pick Lias Andersson said that he is a two-way center that loves to "change games and score big goals." (NHL Transcript)

He added, "I want to be a leader. So, yeah, I'll say I'm a leader."

Andersson said that he likes to pattern his game after guys like Jonathon Toews, Claude Giroux and said that he thinks he can play "a little bit tough and score big goals."

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5:30PM: Andersson scored his second goal of the game for Sweden and Button praised his hockey sense and ability to be in the right place at the right time.

4:50PM: Rangers first round pick Lias Andersson scored in the first period of today's game against Team USA at the World Juniors Summer Showcase.

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Lias Andersson had an assist, 4 shots on goal, 2 PIM and was a plus one in a 4-3 Sweden win over Team USA in the World Junior evaluation camp.

Andersson had the secondary assist on the tying goal with less than five minutes left in the third period.

He was also assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty with 1 second left in the third period.

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The Rangers have announced that they have signed first round pick Lias Andersson to his entry-level contract.

Andersson is hoping to compete for a spot on the roster this coming season.

From the Rangers release:

  • Andersson, 18, skated in 42 games with HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) this past season, registering nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points, along with a plus-21 rating and 18 penalty minutes.
  • He established SHL career-highs in several categories in 2016-17, including games played, goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating. Andersson ranked eighth in the SHL - and led all junior players (younger than 20 years old) in the league - in plus/minus rating this past season.
  • He also ranked second among all junior players in the SHL in goals and assists, and tied for second among all junior players in the SHL in points in 2016-17.
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7/12/17 | Alain Vigneault said that he "really liked" what he saw from 7th overall pick Lias Andersson at development camp and said that he will get "every opportunity" to make the team. (NY Post)

Vigneault said that Andersson has "great hands and he can play." (NY Post)

7/10/17 | Lias Andersson said during Rangers development camp that he wants to compete for a spot on the roster this season.

Andersson, the 7th overall pick in the draft, said that the Rangers are looking for centers and noted that he has played with men in Sweden for the past two seasons.

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Lias Andersson said on Friday that it feels "amazing" that he could be teammates with fellow Swede Henrik Lundqvist. (NHL)

Andersson says that he knows Lundqvist a bit because Henrik played with Lias' father Niklas for four years in Sweden (2001-2005)

Niklas was also a longtime teammate of Henrik's twin brother Joel.

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With the 7th overall pick, the Rangers selected Lias Andersson from HV71 in Sweden.

He was ranked:

He is 5-11, 210 and Craig Button said "he can play LW, RW, C, he can play up the lineup or throughout the lineup, he can PK, he can play on the PP, he reminds me of a lot in style and temperament of Chris Kunitz. Lias Andersson is really smart and he is a big time competitor who is weighty and doesn't get pushed out of the important areas."

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