It hasn’t been the best offseason for Lias Andersson as a lot of changes have come his way.
At the beginning of the month during the NHL Draft, the New York Rangers traded Andersson to the Los Angeles Kings in return of the 60th overall pick of the 2020 NHL Draft, with which they selected forward William Cuylle.
This was one more thing on Andersson’s plate, he who has struggled ever since he was selected seventh overall, in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The kid never met expectations and times have been rough on him.
So much so that it has now been reported that Andersson, who is now playing on loan in the SHL, was forced to sell his car to pay a fine he got in the SHL after he received a 5-game suspension for a dirty hit on top of it.
Rough times for the 22-year-old…
It was easy to see that Andersson was not happy with the Rangers. Last season, he left the Rangers’ AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, after issuing a trade demand. He later joined the HV71 on loan and put up seven goals and 12 points in 15 games for the team to conclude the 2019-20 season.
The young Swede was selected seventh overall and has shown flashes of skill in the 66 games that he has played with the Rangers. But, like most young players, consistency is a problem with Andersson. You’ll find few scouts who think the kid is NHL ready, but he apparently isn’t in agreement that he needs some AHL seasoning. He had just four goals and five points in 13 AHL games and just one assist in 17 NHL games with the Rangers this season.
The loss of his car probably makes things worse.
We hope he can find a fresh new start in Los Angeles next season.