New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled Lias Andersson from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Andersson, 20, has skated in 14 AHL games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering four goals and eight assists for 12 points, along with 15 penalty minutes. Among all AHL players younger than 21 years old, Andersson is tied for first in assists and is tied for second in points this season. He ranks second on the Wolf Pack in assists, points, and shots on goal (35), and is tied for second on the team in goals in 2018-19, and he has tallied at least one point in eight of 14 games he has played this season. Andersson tied an AHL single-game career-high with three points (one goal, two assists) on Nov. 2 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and he recorded a "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" by registering a goal, assist, and fighting major while playing on his 20th birthday on Oct. 13 at Providence. He has skated in 39 career AHL games over parts of two seasons with the Wolf Pack (2017-18 and 2018-19) and has registered 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) over the 39 games (0.67 points per game).
The 6-1, 204-pounder skated in seven NHL games with the Rangers last season, registering one goal and one assist for two points, along with a plus-one rating. Andersson tallied his first career NHL goal/point while making his NHL debut on Mar. 26, 2018 vs. Washington, and he became the youngest player (19 years, 164 days old) to record a goal in his NHL debut in franchise history. He also notched his first career NHL assist while skating in his second career NHL game on Mar. 28, 2018 at Washington.
The Smogen, Sweden native was selected by the Rangers in the first round, seventh overall, of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
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