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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 being able to be part of Sweden's World Championship team, that won a Gold Medal, was "absolutely amazing." (Hockey Sverige)

Andersson noted that everyone knows what happened after winning Silver at the World Juniors and that being able to have a Gold Medal around his neck "feels damn nice." (Hockey Sverige)

He said that it was nice to be part of this Swedish team and that being on the bench during the Gold Medal game was the most nervous he has been in his life. (Hockey Sverige & SVT)

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Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

5/10/18 | 7:07PM: Zibanejad said that he is trying to help both Andersson and Filip Chytil as much as he can and added that he has liked what he has seen from both players. (NHL.com)

Mika said that he remembers how important the older players were for him when he came into the NHL and that he wants to have that same kind of role for Chytil and Andersson. (NHL.com)

5/9/18 | Mika Zibanejad said that he is looking to take Lias Andersson under his wing in the same way that Kyle Turris did for him when Zibanejad was a young player in Ottawa. (Hockey Sverige)

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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad and Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson fight for the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad and Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson fight for the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)

Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist in Swedens' 7-0 win over Austria.

Zibanejad played 16:56, had two shots on goal, a plus three, rating and played 5:52 in the first, 5:30 in the second and 5:34 in the third.

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Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates around the net with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates around the net with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Mike Zibanejad had a goal, two shots and a plus two rating in Sweden's win over the Czech Republic.

Zibanejad played 18:21 with 6:38 in the first, 5:40 in the second and 6:03 in the third.

Lias Andersson only played 6:42 (2:37 in the first, 2:53 in the second and 1:12 in the third) and was called for tripping in the second period.

Filip Chytil was a minus one in 13:02 for the Czech team, playing 5:49 in the first, 6:06 in the second and 1:07 in the third.

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Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Lias Andersson scored a goal, had 1 shot and played 11:10 in Sweden's win over Belarus to open up the World Championships.

Mika Zibanejad had a goal, an assist, two shots and played 19:29.

Andersson played 3:33 in the first, 4:13 in the second and 3:24 in the third.

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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

This past season for the Rangers:

  • Filip Chytil: 9 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, 21 shots on goal, 31 shot attempts, 37% on faceoffs, 13:37 per game, 3 hits, 1 block, 1 takeaway, 1 giveaway
  • Lias Andersson: 7 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 5 shots on goal, 10 shot attempts, 11:57 per game, 40% on faceoffs, 9 hits, 3 blocks, 4 takeaways

Alain Vigneault said on 4/6 that these games were valuable for both players, saying that they have been able to get a feel for the pace of the NHL and what they need to work on "to play at this level."

Henrik Lundqvist said that both players have looked good and that they are at an age where they can improve a lot in a year, adding "I think they're ready for next year, but it's up to them to prove it.'' (Newsday)

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The IIHF has announced that, Lias Andersson has been suspended for the first four games of the 2019 World Junior Championships for conduct stemming from his actions following the Silver Medal ceremony at this past January's World Junior Championships.

From the IIHF announcement, "Lias Andersson, who had been warned by the Co-Chairman of the championship not to take off the medal when he placed the medal around his neck, nevertheless took it off and tossed it into the stands."

The announcement states that Andersson, and some of his teammates violated a regulation stating that the medals must be worn "around the neck in respectful manner for the duration of the closing ceremony and the following post-game mixed zone and media conference procedures.  

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Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates around the net with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates around the net with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

6:25PM: It has been announced that Filip Chytil will play for the Czech Republic at the World Championships.

Chytil represented the Czech Republic at the World Juniors this past winter.

3:15PM: Sweden Hockey has announced officially that both Mika Zibanejad and Lias Andersson will play in the World Championships beginning in May.

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During the second period of his NHL debut, Lias Andersson scored his first career NHL goal off a feed from Jimmy Vesey.

 

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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Filip Chytil said that he has improved his game while playing this season in North America and noted that he is "learning in every game." (NYR)

He said that he has been playing with confidence and that he is "more ready" to play in the NHL than he was the first time. (NYR)

Keith McCambridge, coach of the Wolf Pack, says that Chytil has been able to refine the "raw skill" he brought to Hartford into a more well rounded game and that he has made "tremendous strides." (NYR)

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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)

The Rangers have announced that Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson have been called up from Hartford.

Andersson and Chytil are likely to play in the Rangers final seven games of the season.

Chytil played in the Rangers first two games of the season, was a minus two, 2 PIM, 1 shot attempt and 6:20 per game.

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Alain Vigneault said on Wednesday that due to travel issues for both Jeff Gorton and Lias Andersson, the Rangers are postponing calling up Andersson for tonight's game. (Newsday)

It was noted earlier in the week that Andersson, since the Rangers had nine games remaining, could be in the lineup for tonight's game against the Flyers.

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers reportedly intend to call up both Andersson and Filip Chytil prior to Monday's game against the Capitals. (NY Post)

Calling them up for Monday's game would allow the two first round picks to play in the Rangers final seven games.

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10:15PM: Larry Brooks tweets that the Rangers may opt to bring Chytil and Andersson up together. That would likely mean their debut would come on Monday at MSG against the Capitals.

6:16PM: On Andersson and Chytil, Vigneault said earlier today,

  • On call ups, "We are slowly working on the two young kids, Lias and Filip, I think Lias - tonight is game ten, game nine and then and I think Filip has seven, I think there is a very good chance we see both of those kids up here real soon."
  • Is it possible Lias comes up for Thursday, "yes."

12:08PM: Lias Andersson is a possible call up for Thursday's game against the Flyers. (NYR)

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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)

3/11/18 | Keith McCambridge said on MSG that Chytil had a "feeling out process" when he first came to Hartford and that once he came back from the World Juniors he had extra jump in his game.

McCambrdige said that Chytil brings a lot of speed and a skillset that allows him to make plays in high traffic areas. (MSG Network)

Chytil said that if he gets the chance to return to the Rangers he wants to be better than he was the first time. (MSG Network)

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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 scored and had an assist in Hartford's loss to Springfield last night.

Vinni Lettieri added two goals, Filip Chytil had 3 shots and Andersson also had five shots on goal.

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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 scored for Hartford last night in their shootout victory over the Phantoms.

Andersson had two shots on goal in the game.

Filip Chytil had 6 shots on goal and Vinni Lettieri had 3 shots on goal.

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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

5:20PM: Jeff Gorton told Larry Brooks that the Rangers do not plan to have Filip Chytil or Lias Andersson play more than 9 games this season in the NHL and burn the first year of their contracts. (NY Post)

Chytil has already played two games with the Rangers this season.

Gorton said that both players are playing well in Hartford right now and that they want to give the Wolf Pack a chance to make the playoffs. (NY Post)

The Wolf Pack are on the bubble for the AHL Playoffs.

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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)

11:08AM: Andersson posted a message on his Instagram thanking Frolunda for his time there.

9:03AM: Frolunda GM, and former Ranger, Freddy Sjostrom said that Lias Andersson is expected to spend the rest of the season in North America. (Hockey Sverige)

The Rangers loaned Andersson to Frolunda to start the year but following the World Junior Tournament the Rangers assigned him to Hartford.

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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

In two games this weekend, Filip Chytil had:

  • Friday: 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots
  • Saturday: 2 assists, 1 shot

Chytil has 13 points in the past 10 games and a four game point streak.

Lias Andersson

  • Friday: Four shots, tripping penalty
  • Saturday: 1 assist, 2 shots

Andersson has 6 points in 8 AHL games.

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Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) tries to control the puck as Toronto Maple Leafs center Patrick Marleau (12) backchecks at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) tries to control the puck as Toronto Maple Leafs center Patrick Marleau (12) backchecks at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

The Wolf Pack defeated Charlotte 4-0 on Saturday behind two points from Filip Chytil and one from Lias Andersson.

  • John Gilmour: 1 assist, 2 PIM, plus one
  • Neal Pionk: 1 assist, fight
  • Adam Tambellini: 1 goal, 4 shots
  • Ryan Gropp: nothing on scoresheet
  • Steven Fogarty: 1 shot
  • Boo Nieves: 1 assist
  • Ryan Graves: 2 shots
  • Lias Andersson: 1 assist, 2 shots, plus one
  • Filip Chytil: 2 assists, 5 shots
  • Vinni Lettieri: 1 goal, 3 shots, plus one
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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 it was the Rangers who decided to keep him in North America and that while this is where he wants to play, it hasn't yet been decided if he will remain here for the rest of the season. (Hockey Sverige)

The Rangers announced earlier today that Andersson was being assigned to Hartford after he was loaned to Frolunda at the start of the year.

Andersson said that he hopes to be able to play in a few weeks and can now lift his arm, "which is a step in the right direction," after being injured at the World Juniors. (Hockey Sverige)

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Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) skates out with the puck from behind his own net against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) skates out with the puck from behind his own net against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

The Rangers have called up Tony DeAngelo and Daniel Catenacci from Hartford and have also assigned Lias Andersson to the Wolf Pack.

From the Rangers:

  • DeAngelo, 22, has skated in 29 games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering two goals and 11 assists for 13 points, along with 17 penalty minutes. DeAngelo ranks second among Hartford defensemen in points per game (0.45) and is tied for second among team defensemen in points in 2017-18. He has recorded 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his last 16 games, and he posted a six-game point streak from Dec. 8 at Providence to Dec. 22 vs. Providence.

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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)

Larry Brooks wrote on Tuesday night that the Rangers are considering putting Lias Andersson in Hartford following his shoulder rehab as opposed to sending him back to Frolunda in the Swedish League. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that it's possible that Andersson could join the Rangers at some point if he remains in North America. (NY Post)

Jeff Gorton said at the end of training camp that the Rangers were sending Andersson back to Sweden so that he could play a lot in the top-six.

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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)

When asked about Lias Andersson tossing his silver medal into the stands following the World Junior Championship, Alain Vigneault said that you want players who want to compete.

He said that all reports he has gotten on Andersson suggest that he is a "real competitive young man" and that while there are behavior and conduct questions about what Andersson did, Vigneault said "he is a young man and he wants to win and that is real positive."

Montreal's Max Pacioretty told Emna Achour "I loved it. You don't get a medal for losing in the Stanley Cup Final, right? So I loved it. I thought it showed a lot of emotion, these kids are young and it was a spur of the moment thing. I loved it. It shows how badly he wanted to win and I have no problem with that."

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1/10/18 | Bob McKenzie says that Andersson separated his shoulder during the World Junior tournament and played the last few games with the injury.(McKenzie)

McKenzie says that Andersson is rehabbing in New York and will likely be out 2-4 weeks. Andersson will likely return to Sweden and play for Frolunda after he completes his rehab. (McKenzie)

1/8/18 |The Rangers kept Lias Andersson around to check out his shoulder

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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 threw his Silver Medal into the stands last night after Sweden lost the Gold Medal game to Canada.

Andersson was awarded his medal and promptly tossed it into the crowd.

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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 and Team Sweden will play Canada tonight in the Gold Medal Game.

So far in the tournament, Andersson has 6 goals and 1 assist in 7 games, a plus 6 rating, 13 shots on goal and an average of 16:46 per game.

Andersson said that "it's only gold that counts" and that having a bronze or silver medal on his wall at home would "not make me proud." (Hockey Sverige)

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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 scored the second goal for Sweden and had two shots on goal in their 4-2 win over Team USA.

Sweden advances to the World Junior Gold Medal Game against the winner of Canada/Czech Republic.

Andersson played 16:32, 6:54 in the first, 5:43 in the second and 3:55 in the third.

He was 8 and 4 on faceoffs.

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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)

1/2/18 | 9:15PM: Lias Andersson and Sweden defeated Slovakia 3-2 at the World Juniors to advance in the tournament.

Andersson was questionable for tonight's game with a banged up shoulder, according to Bob McKenzie on TSN.

He played 12:01, 7:18 in the first, 3:50 in the second and only 0:53 seconds in the third.

Andersson only took two faceoffs in the game as well.

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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 was named Best Player for Sweden in their 7-2 win over Switzerland.

Andersson had two goals, 1 assist and was 7 and 7 on faceoffs.

He had three shots on goal, a plus three rating and played 17:03.

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Lias Andersson and Sweden defeated Filip Chytil's Czech Republic team 3-1 at the World Juniors on Thursday.

Andersson did not record a point but had five shots on goal, was 50% on faceoffs and played 19:04.

  • Andersson played 7:43 in the first, 5:18 in the second and 6:03 in the third.

Andersson was also on the ice for two of Sweden's PP goals.

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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 scored twice today for Sweden against Belarus in Sweden's 6-1 win.

Andersson was 7 and 3 on faceoffs, a plus two, had 2 shots on goal and played a total of 17:41, with 6:05 in the first, 5:12 in the second and 6:24 in the third.

Anderrson, the Swedish captain, scored the 5th and 6th goals of the game for Sweden.

In last year's tournament, Andersson had 3 goals, 0 assists, 6 PIM, a +2 rating, 19 shots on goal and an average of 14:24 per game.

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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 was named to Sweden's preliminary roster for the 2018 World Junior Championships that start later this month.

Andersson was the captain for Sweden during the team's summer tournaments and it's believed by some that he will be the captain for this tournament.

The Hockey News World Junior Preview issue quoted the Swedish coach as saying Andersson is always working hard, leading the charge and produces against the best opponents.

The Hockey News Prospect Podcast said that Andersson is a "fast, two-way player that is getting "good ice time" and will play a "major role" for Sweden at the World Juniors. (The Hockey News Podcast)

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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.

Andersson played:

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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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