The New York Rangers officially left Lias Andersson and traded him to the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday afternoon
The big story here is the fact that the Rangers were apparently unable to salvage their relationship with Andersson, ending a very disappointing three-year run with the organization.
Rangers initially selected him with No 7 overall picks in 2017 after acquiring that pick (along with defenseman Tony DeAngelo) from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta
Since then, Andersson has appeared in just 66 NHL games, scoring three goals and recording six assists.
Andersson had at one point requested a trade out of New York earlier this season, then failed to join the squad for training camp when the season resumed The Rangers loaned him to HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League where he had collected seven goals and five assists in 15 games to close the 2019-20 season. He already has four points (one goal, three assists) in the first four games of the 2020-21 season
He’s still only 21 and still full of talent, so it’s a pretty interesting bet for the Kings Maybe the fresh start in a new environment and in a new organization can put his career back on track
For the Rangers this is a disappointing result for a high draft pick that was a big part of their rebuilding It never worked from the very start
Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports Message him on phtblog @ nbcsportscom or follow him on Twitter @AGretz
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