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)
Ruff added, "he's the type of player that if you could model some of your players after, you'd model after because he could score, he could check, he could do all the right things. He proved that throughout his career that he's one of the best that played." (NHL.com)
Andersson's scouting report during the broadcast on the NHL Network, during the World Juniors Summer Showcase, rated him as:
- Hockey IQ: 5 out of 5
- Compete: 4.5 out of 5
- Skating: 4 out of 5
- Puck Skills: 3.5 out of 5
- Scoring: 3 out of 5
Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News writes that he could see Andersson turning into a 1B type of center in the mold of David Krejci or Derek Stepan. (The Hockey News)
Kennedy added that Andersson is "quick, tenacious and skilled." (The Hockey News)
Future Considerations wrote before the draft that they see Andersson as a "very good second line center" in the mold of a Henrik Zetterberg.
They added though that there are others who only see Andersson as a bottom-six type of forward in the NHL. (Future Considerations)
After being selected by the Rangers, 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."
On Giroux and Toews, Andersson said "I think they're game changers. And Toews is a big winner. He's won everything, and I want to win everything, too."
For a lot more on Andersson since he was drafted, click HERE.
Adam Rotter: There are varying opinions on what kind of player Lias Andersson could end up being, but nearly every one seems to agree that he is a player with a very low risk of being a bust and not making the NHL. Some think he could develop into a Patrice Bergeron type that is counted on in every situation and sets the tone for his team while others think he is just a bottom-six PK, Dominic Moore type of player. Both are valuable to a team, but with the 7th overall pick, you certainly hope he is more Bergeron than Moore. There are worse things that can happen than Andersson turning into a version of Derek Stepan, but if he can develop into a player on a tier just above Stepan, the Rangers will be in good shape for a long time.