Mailbag: What’s going on with Lias Andersson?

November 26, 2017, by

lias andersson

I received a bunch of emails/questions about Lias Andersson, so I’m consolidating them all into one question/post.

Q: What’s going on with Lias Andersson? He’s struggling to score. Is he already a bust?

First things first, the kid is 18 years old. No one is already a bust at just 18 years old and barely half a year removed from his draft year. There’s no reason to worry about Andersson being a bust, and the Rangers wasting their 7th overall pick.

As of the writing of this post, Andersson has a line of 6-5-11 in 18 games. He may not show up on leader boards across the league, but it’s good for 2nd among Junior players in the SHL (born in 1998 or later). He trails only Elias Petersson. So compared to kids his age, he’s one of the best, and he’s doing it while playing against grown men.

When drafted, Andersson had a skill set and talent level that was most likely to translate to the NHL. He wasn’t the elite skill that you hope the Rangers would take at 7th overall, but they got that later in the first round with Filip Chytil. Andersson’s skill set most likely translates to a solid middle-six center. He will likely –hopefully– be a kid that puts up 40 points while playing tremendous two-way hockey.

Overall, there’s not much to worry about when it comes to Andersson. It was worth it for the Rangers to send him back to the SHL and ensure he wasn’t overwhelmed or rushed. He has a solid chance of making the club next season. He is by no means a bust.

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  1. Richter1994 says:

    I’m not in the Ranger meetings but I’m willing to bet a lot of money that the Rangers are (as of now) penciling Chytil and Andersson for spots on the team next season.

    • Spozo says:

      Trade Hayes. Sign Tavares. The two kids make the team.

      • Richter1994 says:

        We spoke about this yesterday and I think we both agree that Hayes will be the one to be traded.

        I don’t know, but my gut feeling is that Tavares stays with the Isles. It doesn’t happen much where a franchise player changes teams. Stamkos, with all the rumors that he was out the door re-signed. I just don’t see it with Tavares either even though I know for a fact that he hates playing in Brooklyn and is very upset about it.

        But I like your thinking.

        • Spozo says:

          I agree. You NEVER see centerman in general hit the open market. Who’s the best centerman to go to free agency recently? Brad richards? Ryan Oreily? But wouldn’t it be great to steal the Islanders franchise player?

          • Richter1994 says:

            Yes you are correct, I cannot think of anyone of that caliber hitting free agency, teams just do not let it happen in general.

            OMG, there would be a fan war, lol. The Isles and their fan base would be devastated.

        • Mintgecko says:

          Hayes won’t be traded, it either will be JT or one of the vets like Zucc or Nash.

          • Richter1994 says:

            I agree that Hayes will not be traded this year, but after this year he’s an RFA with arb rights and I think he will be in play for a trade if other options present themselves.

        • Eugene says:

          Heyes is not going to be traded and reason is quiet simple, there is no asset on the market to make team better for reasonable amount of money: Taveres is in the wet dreams, he is going to resign Asles, RNH is not better then and is not going to be cheaper, Anderson and Chytil are not going to be ready to take his role after this season, the only 1 thing we need is a right wing to replace Nash – the only asset would make difference is Pullijarvi….. but Oils need defensive player… which is not Heyes.

          I repeat again – Heyes is not going to be traded, period

          • Richter1994 says:

            Ever? I wouldn’t bank on that. Are you 100% sure that the Rangers will give Hayes $4M per? They will Miller but I’m not sure about Hayes.

            If you agree that Chytil and Andersson will make the team next year then the likelihood of Hayes getting traded goes way up.

            Hayes has 5 goals and 5 assists right now, that’s not 2C production. Maybe he heats up. He should be playing with Nash and either Zuc or Vesey, not Fast.

            And again, I said NOT THIS YEAR. But after this year, I think it’s a very good possibility.

            • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

              You speaketh the truth 100%.

            • Eugene says:

              Not at all, they’ll give him around 5, but despite most likely making the team next year both, Andersson and Chytil, only one of them going to make center position, the reason is simple, 2 rookie centers in the team with ambitions…. it’s not going to happen. They need center and this center is Hayes, which utilized currently on Stepan role now, therefore his production is not very much… they’ll us it it to make the case for the cheaper contract, and then they’ll use Andersson as a Stepan, and Chytil will get Millers treatment. IMO

              • Richter1994 says:

                You could be right my friend, but $5M per? yikes, I don’t know if they go that high, that’s Zib $$ and Hayes is not close to Zib. And he’s certainly not more valuable than Kreider.

                I just feel that he’s a valuable trade chip and there would be a lot of teams interested in him.

      • Chris F says:

        The rumors of Tavares departing largely had to do with the Isles toiling in perpetual rebuild mode.

        But this year, they’ve put it all together finally. If this keeps up, Tavares isn’t going anywhere.

        • Richter1994 says:

          I agree that he’s probably staying, but the rumors that JT is unhappy about where they are playing is 100% real.

        • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

          There is still the issue of where the Islanders are going to play. If that is not settled, he may very well force a deal. I just don’t see any scenario where he comes to MSG.

          • Chris F says:

            If Belmont goes through, he should be content.

            He wanted to stay on Long Island, and now he can take in a race before the game.

            • Richter1994 says:

              No matter what the Isles do is 3-4 years down the road.

              They should have just reconstructed the Nassau Coliseum for hockey and that would have solved the problem.

              But politicians, the worst business people in the world, get involved and now we have the clusterf–k that we have now. So now there will be FOUR major arenas in the area and exactly how will they all be supported with events sufficient enough to sustain them financially?

              • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

                Exactly. I have no insight on this whatsoever, but my hunch is Belmont is a pipe dream. Then what?

                I think a second act at the Coliseum is possible. Short of that, crazy as it sounds, I think the Isles may head to Quebec.

              • Richter1994 says:

                No suites in the Coliseum so it’s not an option anymore.

                It’s sad how dumb people are. And unfortunately, the taxpayers suffer the ramifications.

              • Reenavipul says:

                It is possible, but it would take seriously progressive thinking for Nassau Coliseum to be profitable.

                The 1st thing that was done right is that capacity closely matches past attendance.

                The 2nd thing is that with online resale capability, they will be able to have dynamic pricing built in.

                So with supply closely matching demand, the Isles will be able to sell a big chunk of season ticket sales up front to scalpers. Now what they have to do is figure out the vig off of the resellers and get it to the point where they’re not crying Uncle. Every game that sells at a premium works for the Isles, the lowered capacity will still be enough to qualify them for revenue sharing.

  2. Reenavipul says:

    And he had a goal & 2 assists tonight.

    Take out the 1st two weeks and he’s on a point a game pace.

    Some bust.

  3. Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

    I dont mean to be rude, but whoever asked that question….seriously? A bust? Even if he wasn’t scoring at the pace Reena mentioned he’s been going at the last few weeks, he’s 18 years old for crying out loud! As Dave said, there is no such thing as an 18 year old bust. His performance thus far sounds pretty impressive from afar thus far.

    As Richter said, these two kids (Chytil and Andersson) may very well be the Rangers 2C and 3Cs as soon as next season, or certainly in the next two. (Heck, I wouldn’t be shocked if we see Chytil later this season). Or, one could be flipped as part of a package to land some elite difference making player.

    I’m always skeptical about prospects, but I am allowing myself to dream a bit with these two.

  4. pas44 says:

    I am so done listening to anyone talking about Nash as a keeper, Derek Dorsett has a line of 7-2-9 compared to Nash’s 7-5-12

    if I hear How or Sam talk highly about him I am driving to the Garden and tossing a drink on him both in the booth

    • Richter1994 says:

      To be fair, you have to look past the pts with Nash. He defends and plays on the PK.

      I’m not saying not to trade him, but Ranger fans totally under value him including how much attention he takes away from others while he is on the ice.

      This is the Alvin Harper syndrome. Harper was the “other” WR opposite Michael Irvin. Harper went to Tampa Bay to be “the guy” and he did zippo, meaning that Irvin took attention away from him and made him look better than he was.

      • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

        Again, TOTALLY agree. Nash may not be re-signed next season, and even could be dealt this season. But he is still arguably the Rangers best two way player. He will not be as easy to replace as some of his critics think.

        Either way though, I’m sure we will all agree that he is no longer worth his cap hit, and whether he remains a Ranger or not the cap relief will be most welcome.

        • Richter1994 says:

          If I were to guess, 3 years for $12M and a chance to work for the org after retirement gets it done.

          I believe that Nash and the Rangers want him to retire a Ranger.

        • Richter1994 says:

          BTW, just putting this out there, but I read that the salary cap may go up $5-7M next year, which is coinciding with:

          1) McDavid’s contract kicking in.
          2) Price’s contract kicking in.
          3) Toronto may try to land Tavares.

          Sorry, but I’m cynical.

          • Chris F says:

            That’d be a monster increase.

          • Reenavipul says:

            Revenue increase is largely attributed to the rebound of the $CDN from a low of ¢65 to ¢78 with the annual increase from Rogers taking the rest of it.

            After this, back to incremental growth until next round of TV contracts come up.

    • Chris F says:

      I am so done listening to anyone undervalue Nash’s contributions to this team.

      Yes, the $7 million contract no longer aligns with his production, however it’s coming off the books at the end of this season. It’s no longer an issue.

      So, despite being overpaid, Nash’s contract is not hamstringing the organization at the moment, and he’s a superb two-way player that will not be replaceable this season if we deal him at the trade deadline.

      Assuming he’s willing to resign for $3-4 million this summer, which I assume he is, there is very little justification for offloading him at the deadline.

      Moving forward, having Nash at that price is highly palatable.