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)
Zibanejad said that some of the best advice he got from Turris was to not get hung up on things and get down on yourself, especially at the start of your career. (Hockey Sverige)
On their relationship, Zibanejad said that he wanted to be there for Andersson and help him through his start in the NHL and make sure he was comfortable in a new situation. (Hockey Sverige)
Andersson said that Zibanejad has taken care of him both with the Rangers and with the Swedish Team for the World Championships and that he is "grateful" for the time Mika has spent with him. (Hockey Sverige)
Zibanejad said that he thought Andersson played well after joining the Rangers and showed a good work ethic, offensive instincts and an ability to be strong on the puck. (Hockey Sverige)
Zibanejad, 25, was the 6th overall pick in 2011, made his NHL debut at 18 and has played in 409 career games.
Andersson, 19, was the 7th overall pick in 2017 and has played in seven games so far in the NHL.
Adam Rotter: Mika Zibanejad, at 25, is one of those young veteran players and probably the perfect guy to mentor Lias Andersson. Zibanejad was in the exact situation that Andersson was in and now he can pass along his experiences and such in the same way that Turris did for him and that guys like Brad Richards and Chris Drury did for Derek Stepan. A lot is going to be asked of Andersson over the next few years and Zibanejad, as the Rangers first line center, and someone the Rangers made a pretty good investment in, will be there along the way. Zibanejad isn't the only person that Andersson can lean on, there is also the Swedish goaltender that played and won Swedish Championships with his father in Frolunda.