2017 NHL Entry Draft

Lias Andersson

LIAS ANDERSSONSweden

N.Y. RANGERS • ROUND: 1 OVERALL: 7

 

Previous Team: Jonkoping HV-71 (SHL)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 18

Vital Statistics

Position: C • Height: 5-11¼ • Weight: 198 • Shoots: Left
Birthdate: Oct. 13, 1998 • Hometown: Smogen, Sweden

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous Teams: Kungalvs AK; Jonkoping U20
First NHL Contract: Signed July 13, 2017
KHL Draft: 2016 by Magnitogorsk (Round 3, No. 83 Overall)
CHL Import Draft: 2016 by Kitchener (Round 2, No. 110 Overall)
Agent: Patrick Carnback (AC Hockey)
SHL Debut: Nov. 12, 2015 (Jonkoping vs. Karlskrona)
First SHL Goal: Oct. 15, 2016 (Jonkoping at Angelholm)

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Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "As a younger player, he had more offensive talent than you're seeing now. He may have moved up (to the SHL) a little too quickly and may not have been able to show us just how good he can be." (Anonymous Scout, Hockey News Draft Preview)

• "Play-making centre. Good skater, plays with a lot of pace and moves up the ice with speed. Very cerebral player, displays high hockey sense. Does a really good job of finding the open man." (Rocco Zappia, ISS Scout)

• "You have to love his work ethic. He plays hard, and is very strong. He wins most puck battles. A very good two-way player, very versatile. His skating needs work and is likely what makes him a third-line NHLer. He’s not overly quick. I don’t know that he has top-six upside ... but he should be a solid NHL forward who can play multiple positions." (Anonymous Scout, Recrutes.ca)

• "I like his shot, and his release is excellent. One thing that boosts his stock for me is that he isn’t afraid to bring pucks to the net. When you combine that with his shot, skill and work ethic, it’s a package I like." (Mark Edwards, HockeyProspect.com)

• "Outstanding balance and leg strength -- nearly impossible to knock off the puck. Uses low centre of gravity very well to get leverage in board battles. Uses his wide ass effectively in puck protection. He's very hard on his stick in puck battles. Lacks first-step quickness and top-end speed" (Red Line Report)