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Prospect Of The Month: Rasmus Andersson

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

Rasmus Andersson kicked off the month of November with a bang.

The Barrie Colts' defenceman had points (10) in the first six games of the month and ended up extending his point streak to seven games, thanks to a two-point effort on Halloween.

Three of those six games were multi-point efforts from the 19-year-old, put 20 shots on net, and was a plus-7 in that span.

By the end of November, he had 20 points to his name and had risen to fourth in team scoring. As of Dec. 3, Andersson sits fourth in scoring amongst defencemen in the Ontario Hockey League, five points shy of leader Travis Dermott, who has played four more games than him.

Andersson also recorded 40 shots on net in November, was a plus-11 last month, and picked up 12 PIM in those 11 skates.

He and the Colts currently sit first in the OHL's Central Division with 32 points on the year. Barrie has gone 7-3-0 in their last 10 outings.

The Flames inked Andersson, their second round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, to an entry-level deal in September at the 2015 Young Stars Classic in Penticton.

"It’s amazing," he said after signing the contract. "When I first heard they wanted to sign me I was thrilled. I’m really excited to be here and it’s more exciting being a part of this organization. It’s a good organization. I think it’s a bright future ahead of us and I couldn’t be more excited to sign my first contract.

"You dream about the NHL. That’s why you start playing hockey, because you want to be as best as possible and you want to play in the National Hockey League as quick as you can. I’ve dreamt about it ever since I can really remember, whenever I started playing hockey."

Andersson is a candidate for Sweden's entry in the 2016 World Junior Championship. He attended their summer development camp in Lake Placid in August. He has represented his country on multiple occasions, including playing in the U-16, U-17, and Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournaments.

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