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.
Alain Vigneault said that Andersson had a good camp and showed a lot of upside but that it was better for him to return to Sweden where he could play in all situations and continue to improve.
Vigneault added, "we have the ability to call him if we need him but at this time, for his benefit, he needed to go back home and play and that is what he is going to do."
Adam Rotter: Ultimately this was probably where Andersson was going to end up. I think he definitely played well enough to get a game or two, or at least stay through the team building trip. Now he can go to Frolunda, hopefully play a big role alongside Joel Lundqvist, play in the World Juniors and maybe more, Olympics/World Championships. The Rangers could have sent him to Hartford but allowing him to go back to Sweden lets him play a big role there as well as open up more space with the Wolf Pack to allow other prospects to hopefully develop.