7:12PM: Lias Andersson said that his shoulder is "okay" right now and that while he still tapes it up before games, he can play through it and surgery won't be needed. (Hockey Sverige)
He said that after the World Championships he will go through some rehab and that his shoulder will be 100% next season. (Hockey Sverige)
On playing as much hockey as he did this year, Andersson said that he still feels good and that he has had a lot of fun in this "roller coaster season." (Hockey Sverige)
11:17AM: This past season for the Rangers:
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)
Vigneault said that Chytil has made notable progress in the time since he played with the Rangers early in the season.
Andersson said that over the summer he wants to work on being faster and stronger while bringing the puck up the ice and noted that he still has steps to take in his development. (Newsday)
Following the end of the season, Jeff Gorton spoke about Andersson and Chytil getting time in the NHL and said:
- "I would say that they both showed well, there is obvious talent there. They are different as we have discussed but we liked what we saw. Both need a big summer and big training camp and we will let it play itself out. They both have a bright future, I don't think anyone can debate that. It's up to them to tell us when they are ready. We will able to see it on the ice."
- "I'm certainly happy with the first round picks from last year. Chytil's speed and skill is pretty evident for an 18-year old player to make plays and skate like he does. Lias is a real competitive player that I think will have a bright future."
- "I think it's going to pay off for them. It's always better when you come back and know players and are familiar with how it works, they played some NHL games, they don't have that unknown this summer. They have played games and know what to expect and as they head into the summer they know the size of NHL players, the speed. I think that when we see them in September they should be different athletes, different people and more confident."
- "they both showed flashes of being NHL players but we are cautious, they are 18 and 19 years old respectively. We will let it play out. We have seen enough good things but we will let the summer sort things out and what they do in the summer will have a big impact on what they do in September."
Both Andersson and Chytil are continuing their seasons by playing for Sweden and the Czech Republic respectively.
Adam Rotter: Chytil and Andersson played a lot of hockey this year, in a lot of different leagues and against a lot of different players. Chytil, understandably, looked a lot better and more comfortable at the end of the season than he did in his two games to start the year. He was strong with the puck, made plays and gave no reason to think he can't be a top-flight offensive player in the future.
Andersson plays a different game but you could see the edge an competitiveness that he plays with. He's had a crazy year with who he has played with, against and where he has played but in the long-term all of that experience should help him develop. A good amount will be expected out of those two next season and if the Rangers can manage to get what is needed, both players will probably point to the end of this past season as a reason why.