New York Rangers select Lias Andersson with the 7th overall pick


New York Rangers Select with the 7th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft Lias Andersson.

At 5’11” and 200 pounds, the young forward has the ability to play both center and wing if necessary. He may not be the tallest prospect, but he is well built, and has already been acclimated to playing with adults in Sweden where he has found offensive success. His play at the international level has been impressive, as he has put up good numbers at the U18 and U20 levels.

He is one of the few picks in this draft who could possibly be NHL ready for next season. His father was also drafted into the NHL.




  • Can anybody explain to me why to trade for the 7th overall pick TO DRAFT ANOTHER 4th line PLAYER WHO WOULD HAVE STILL BEEN ON THE BOARD AT 21? This day just keeps getting worse.

    You knew trouble wa brewing when MacKenzie says the Rangers will go off the board as they pan the Rangers draft table.

    • Considering the 4th ranked European skater went 3rd overall it is kind of hard to imagine that the 3rd ranked European skater would remain unpicked until 21…. what are you saying? what exactly do you know about Lias Andersson?

      • What was written about him and said about him. He’s ranked 25th in the international services, 23rd by the hockey news and 21st by central scouting. Those are the people who know his game. Makes zero sense to pick someone ranked in the 20’s at the 7th pick. Look at who was still available, listen to what McKenzie said “the Rangers are going off the board here”.

      • What to try and sell me on Fillip Chytil, ranked 63rd by the Hockey News, that’s the 3rd round

        • Once again – I trust Jeff Gorton a HECK of a lot more than the “couch experts” that can only read a “draft summary” of “hockey analysts”
          21. New York Rangers – Filip Chytil, C, Zlin (CZREP)

          NHL Central Scouting final international ranking: 11
          2016-17: 38 games, 4-4-8

          A strong skater capable of making things happen with the puck, Chytil (6-foot-2, 191 pounds) played regularly in the top Czech league. He was good in the traffic areas, has strong hockey sense and did not shy away from battles in the corners. He’s a prototypical power forward capable of playing center or left wing.

 analysis: Rangers stick with pattern, taking another European center who, at 6-foot-2. 191 pounds, needs to add muscle, but already has experience playing against older competition.

          • Or maybe this assessment by Scouting Report
            Chytil, a talented two-way forward with slick moves and strong balance, was a regular for Zlin in the Czech elite league and performed extremely well against his draft peers at the under-18 world championship last April. He’s an excellent penalty killer and likes to hang on to the puck rather than give away to facilitate his own safety. Chytil is a responsible player who plays the 200-foot game and is used on both the top power play and penalty killing units. He sort of reminds me of a bigger, thicker version of former Chicago Blackhawk great Steve Larmer in that he executes at a high level but without dazzling and mystifying the crowd into a frenzy. He’s got a thick frame and can be next to impossible to move off the puck, especially when separating himself from opponents in pursuit. Chytil also whips the puck around with accuracy and can complete difficult plays off the rush. Another thing that stands out is his intelligence, especially in regards to reads and positioning. He moves quite well and doesn’t require many steps to reach top speed.

  • Oh MY GOD…… Filipino Chytil …….now we reach to the 63rd ranked player by the hockey news!!!!! Now we know why they trade the 1st rd picks because they just randomly flip through and pick on a picture…..

    • oh STOP,,,,,They know much more about this then you…..Stop the whining. You sound like a Penguin or Montreal guy

      • Yeah the same team passed over Tarasenko for McIlrath. Yeah do def know what they are doing.

        • But don’t worry fulltilt will tell you these guys are future stars

        • I was just talking about that great pick of Mcilrath instead of Tarasanko earlier today. The only thing I can think of with this 7th pick is that he may be able,to make the team this season and maybe this is their guy to take the spot of Lindbergh. There’s not many guys in the draft that are NHL ready I’ve heard. However I didn’t think the idea of having a 1st round pick was to go after a 4th line guy. I don’t what to say man. We’ll see

  • Hmmm – Top 6 forward based on this analysis. Jeff Gorton was involved in drafting the core of the Boston Cup team – I think he has a better resume than the “couch experts” eating cheetos and playing X-box!!!! 7. New York Rangers (from Arizona Coyotes) – Lias Andersson, C, HV71 (SWE)

    NHL Central Scouting final international ranking: 3
    2016-17: 42 games, 9-10-19

    A rugged, two-way left-handed center who is effective on faceoffs and hard to knock off the puck. Andersson (5-foot-11, 200 pounds) was interviewed by 30 teams at the NHL Scouting Combine. He competes hard, is strong in 1-on-1 battles and plays a 200-foot game. He can play wing or center. Andersson recently signed a two-year contract with Frolunda in Sweden and will report in 2017-18. analysis: Offensive dynamo projects to be top-six forward as he gets older and stronger). Had impressive showing in Swedish Hockey League this season as 18-year-old.

    • I’m highly offended…. CHEETOS? I’m a Tostitos with a hint of lime, for the extra saltiness type of couch expert.

      We will disagree about the picks last night but the Rangers are in desperate need of dynamic players. They have not had a player who can change a game in eons. This draft was considered weak in terms that there was no Matthews, McDavid, or Eichel anywhere. However there were 3 top notch offensive players in this draft that could have helped the Rangers. Tippett who went to the Panthers I believe at 10 is a type of player the Rangers haven’t had in years. Someone who said to have the best shot in the draft and scores from dangerous places. Tulvenan is said to have a NHL ready shot and needs little space to generate deadly accurate shots into the back of the net. They passed on him twice, just like they did years ago when another guy with a deadly accurate shot, Mike Bossy. Both Tippett and Tulvanen were considered to be the only pure snipers of this draft. But who needs goals right? This wasn’t me opinion of these played but of scouts and NHL executives.

      Also Vilardi a 6’3 center who generates offense and is a brilliant offense attacker. Not this couch expert’s words but NHL scouts. He has a motor that gives him the ability to chase players down and strip the puck. He may not have great top end speed but has the speed to chase down pucks and to create forechecking opportunities.

      There were much better options at the 7th pick. This team has a knack of drafting bottom six forward which has its worth but has completely missed the mark drafting a dynamic offensive player. FOr a team that desperately needed goals at crucial times all last season and the playoffs they had 2 chances to find the type of player that could fill that need.

  • I just cant understand why Gord Clarke wanted to take a late 1st early 2nd round player with the #7 pick when there were so many more talented players left on the board. Then to make matters worse they take a 3rd round player with the 21st pick. Why O Why are we still afraid to take the more talented player instead of the more conservative. There were plenty of highly skilled players available to finish off the day with another big splash like Vilardi, ranked 5th or Rassmussen, ranked 7th by all the experts. Sorry Jeff, You failed miserably at the draft. Lets hope you smarten up at Free agency day!

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