Rangers ink Lias Andersson to entry level deal

July 13, 2017, by

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The “Lias Andersson may make the club out of camp” train just got a big push. The Rangers inked the 7th overall pick this year to a three year entry level deal. It’s expected that it will be around $925,000 salary with bonuses.

The Rangers have a pretty big hole at center that they have yet to fill. The trade market has some options, but the free agent market is completely bare. Andersson would certainly fill that hole, but if that’s the case, it forces Mika Zibanejad and Kevin Hayes into the 1C and 2C roles, respectively.

All eyes are going to be on the kid. No pressure.

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  1. Peter says:

    Wonderful news. Seems to me that an 18 year-old who was a 2C on the Swedish championship team is going to be a kid whose skills are already well developed. He’ll need to adjust to the NHL game, but it would seem that he has a high hockey IQ. Yeah it is a lot of responsibility for a teenager, but it would not be the first time a kid his age will have made a NHLroster. I am pulling for him.

    • AWDS says:

      It’s also important to note that he’ll be 19 in September or October so he’s not as young as some might think…

      Either way, it’s good that they signed him already.

      • Peter says:

        I just read that AV was impressed with the kid at the development camp, saying he has good hands and can play, and will be given an opportunity to make the team.

        • mintgecko says:

          I been telling people on here that he could very well get the 4c spot after camp, I think this was a calculated move on JG and the teams part. You have a kid who could have gone in the 2nd or even 3rd round. NYR got all over him because the loss of Stepan and Lindberg combined that he should help fill the void from. Imo Andersson is like when D Moore got drafted but the only difference is that the league is more to his style which was why Moore had a ceiling of being a top 9 player at the time. Andersson gets compared to Fast for a reason because it seems that his defensive game is so developed and his offense has enough time to grow into a 3c role. If he earned it after camp then his offensive game could grow extremely fast due to Grabners ability to finish and Fast instincts and ability to regain possession.

          • Reenavipul says:

            Any comparison to Fast is due to laziness. Andersson scored at a rate as good or better a year younger than Fast did at the same levels of competition.

            As an 18yr old Fast had a cup of coffee opening doors on the bench for the men’s club, Andersson was playing 2nd line.

        • CtFan says:

          The same AV who thought Dan Girardi was a 1D last two seasons. Not a great recommendation.

      • sherrane says:

        October 13.

  2. Andy says:

    This is great news and hoping he makes the team out of camp.

    • Andy says:

      Anyone know how he is with Face offs?

      • Chris F says:

        I can’t find faceoff stats for his play in Sweden, but the prospect reviews all noted him as strong on faceoffs.

        • Andy says:

          Thanks Chris

        • Chris F says:

          Rangers posted a mic’d up segment today of Andersson during a camp scrimmage. He looked real good. Very talkative and aware of the play around him, very fast, with good puck pursuit, and some real nice clever plays with the puck.

          • mintgecko says:

            Fast not being ready to go right away puts a real wrench in seeing how he looks on a skilled 4th line, I wanted to see their chemistry get put on display right now. I’ve read that his hands and offense needs to be worked on. I saw a clip of him and that Krunitz comparison comes right to my mind, I hope his compete level and chippy play is exactly like that guy’s game.

        • sherrane says:

          I thought I read somewhere that his faceoff win percentage was 55.2%, but I cannot find it now. That would be consistent with his scouting report of good, soft hands and quick decisions / reactions. I’ll look for the info after I get home from work.

      • Reenavipul says:

        Swehockey app has his FO% @48.94% last season, playoffs excluded.

  3. Craig says:

    Young and inexperienced in the NHL. The question is, is he mature enough, and able to make the adjustments to the NHL?
    Smaller rink then Europe, NHL is a more physical style league, and a higher skill level.
    It is really a lot to ask of the inexperienced Anderson, but maybe the Rangers have found lightning in a bottle. Its happened before. I still think they should pursue a proven center like Bozak.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      “I still think they should pursue a proven center like Bozak.”

      – Yes. The depth is sorely needed. The Rangers don’t want to be in a position where Andersson is not ready, Desharnais flames out, and/or Hayes isn’t ready for top 6 responsibilities.

      There almost has to be a trade coming, if only for another middle 6 center, right? Hard to bank on everything going right with the current lack of depth at that position.

  4. 43 says:

    I’m fine with him making the team, but I’m not sure anymore how comfortable I am with Desharnais as 3C and Hayes as the only option for 2C.

  5. Blue Seat says:

    Andersson is intriguing. It would be great for the kid to make the team, absolutely. We need a center, and it would be nice to see him make the jump to MSG.

    What’s with the interest in Bozak? OK, good at face-offs, and produces some points when he plays, and on the power-play. He is a minus 84. Misses a lot of games,is a minus 84, and gets 4M. At least Daisy played a good amount of games for his pay check.

    • Reenavipul says:

      Bozak is on an expiring contract and Toronto needs to free up some cap space(or don’t) come October 1st.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      In fairness, that minus 84 is a career number where he spent a lot of it on (really) bad Toronto teams. If +/- is your thing he was only a -1 last year with better teammates. He’s not perfect, but is a solid middle six center for a Rangers team that desperately needs one. Theoretically, he wouldn’t be very expensive in trade assets either.

    • Blue Seat says:

      Thank you for the information, appreciate it.

  6. Peter says:

    I also have noticed that the Rangers have been posting feel good segments with Anthony DeAngelo, trying to repair his image I guess by having him play on the ice with some small fries. Well, good, maybe this will be the turning point for that young man. He has a lot of natural ability.

  7. SalMerc says:

    This is all aligning with the new Gorton Rangers. Let your stars shine and back fill with very good young studs. Fill your 3rd line and 3rd and 4th line with very good young NHL studs and let them learn at the NHL level. THen, like Pitt, move a kid up to play with a star and watch what happens. Before mid-year, either Vesey or Buch will be cemented to Nash’s line and Zuch will be alongside Andersson. Just wait for the Ranger transformation to evolve. It will be beautiful. The third pair will evolve too, but it might take another year.

    • 43 says:

      At the end of the day, it’s all about chemistry and production. I mean, who’d’ve thought that a line of Kessel-Bonino-Hagelin would even be a thing, much less the most effective line in the 2016 playoffs.

      • SalMerc says:

        And Sheary was a nothing until you play on a line with Crosby. These kids are hungry and will show some of the less-hungry (I am talking to you Chris Krieder!) to wake up and play hard every shift. Hell, I think Stepan would have even scored more on a line with Corsby. Yea I know he was a center (#2C, not a #1C as people often think).

        • AWDS says:

          I don’t mean to be ‘that guy’, but Stepan being in the top 30 in NHL scoring among centers (and for the past few years at that) isn’t an opinion……..

          The problem with your definition of “1C” is that there are simply not enough players of that type to go around.

          I agree that he’s a 2C in a perfect world (or on most teams, given that many have a talented 1C)….. but, the world ain’t perfect….. and here, he was a #1

    • Peter says:

      Could not agree more Sal. I think Gorton has a plan and seems to be sticking to it. There will be pressure from some quarters to backfill the old way, but if his moves thus far are any indication, I think he is going to stick to developing a club that will compete for the long haul.

    • JoeS. says:

      That is exactly the kind of confidence I love this time of year! I could not agree more!

  8. Reenavipul says:

    Just thinking out loud…NHL and Swedish Hockey Federation may be working on an agreement for draftees to stay in Sweden if not going to make the club go back to their Swedish team unless grandfathered in. Andersson & Liljgren deals have puzzling timing.

  9. Bloomer says:

    Making the jump to the NHL is a huge step for any rookie. Way to early to pencil him into the lineup. But I do wish the kid breaks a leg on the Broadway Stage.