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Prospect Of The Week: Rasmus Andersson

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

Rasmus Andersson continued his ascent in the Ontario Hockey League scoring race amongst defencemen, collecting three points in a pair of games with the Barrie Colts this past week.

Andersson is now the seventh highest scoring blueliner in the OHL with 13 point points in 15 games. Out of the top 10 highest scoring defencemen in the league, he has played the fewest games and has six points in his last four skates. He trails leader Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs - 18 games played) by six points.

On Friday, Andersson had the primary assists on the Colts' third and fourth goals in a 4-2 victory over the Sudbury Wolves. He put three shots on net and was a plus-four in the win.

The Swede followed that performance up with one assist and six shots on net in the Colts' 4-1 win against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Saturday night.

Andersson has provided plenty of offence from the blueline during his time in the OHL. In 2014-15 -- his first year in the league after playing with Malmo in Allsvenskan for two seasons -- he led all Barrie defencemen in scoring with 64 points in 67 games.

Prior to the 2015 NHL Draft, International Scouting Services dubbed Andersson as a "power play QB with the Barrie Colts of the OHL and he excels with a good point shot and offensive creativity. He is a strong passer that can get the puck out of danger quickly and effectively. Excellent poise and vision with the puck to connect up ice or be dangerous from the offensive blueline."

The Flames selected Andersson in the second round (53rd overall) this past summer. He signed an entry-level deal with the organization on Sept. 14.

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