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."
917/17 | The Rangers announced that Lias Andersson will play tomorrow night against the Islanders and likely center Pavel Buchnevich and Michael Grabner.
Sunday was also the first day where fellow first round pick Filip Chytil skated with a regular group after dealing with a lower body injury that kept him out of Traverse City.
Earlier today, Alain Vigneault said that he has been impressed with both Andersson and Chytil so far.
On the first day of training camp, Alain Vigneault reiterated that he believes "talent has no age" and that "if a young man comes in and we think he can contribute to the success of our team he will be here."
On Chytil, Vigneault said that he looked "big, smooth and strong" on the ice, was impressed with how he skated and hopes that if Chytil responds well he will be able to play in the preseason.
Jimmy Vesey, who skated in a group with Chytil today, said that he looked "real good," skated real well and has a lot of skill. (NYR)
Vesey added, "the sky is definitely the limit" for Chytil. (NYR)
Vigneault said that Andersson has "a lot of drive, good set of hands" and made some nice plays working on the PP.
Jeff Gorton said earlier this week that Andersson is a "real character player" and that the Rangers won't put a lot of pressure on him as an 18-year old.
Gorton said "we will give him some games and he will be in camp and we will see where it takes us."
Ryan McDonagh spoke about Andersson on Sunday and said that he competes, isn't afraid to battle and doesn't back down.
McDonagh said that Andersson, for a player his age, is strong on his skates and has expressed a desire to keep getting better. (NYR)