The Rangers announced that they have sent Lias Andersson to Hartford and called up Tim Gettinger.
David Quinn said of Andersson before last nights game:
- On Lias Andersson, “I just want to let him know that we all believe in him and think he is a good player. Young players go through highs and lows through a season. Our job is to help players get confidence, not give them confidence, that is up to them. It’s that old adage of ‘the coach doesn’t have confidence in me’ well, the player has to give the coach confidence in him and we have confidence in him. We know he’s a good player, we know he’s capable of being a good contributor for us and I just wanted to let him know that and reiterate it and expect him to have a good night tonight.”
- Have you considered looking at Lias in a different spot, “if he earns it he will get a different look. That is something a player earns more than anything.”
Andersson played 3:55 against the Panthers.
On the season, Andersson played in 17 games, had one assist, a minus 8 rating, 13 shots on goal, 14 total shot attempts, 47.6% on faceoffs and an average of 9:33 per game.
For the Wolf Pack this season, Gettinger has 4 goals and 2 assists in 17 games.
Adam Rotter: Andersson being sent down sure seemed like a long-time coming. He’s not playing a lot and it just doesn’t make sense to have him on the fourth line. Hopefully he goes to Hartford and takes it like Filip Chytil did and plays a lot, works on what he needs to work on and can return at some point looking more like the player the Rangers think he can be.
What does this mean for Andersson’s future? It’s tough to say. Since the moment Andersson was drafted we were told that he was close or just about NHL ready. That wasn’t the case. He came to camp last year with an eye on making the team but was beat out by Brett Howden and even in the 42 games he played with the Rangers, he was still only getting just under 11 minutes per game. This year he made the team but never really rose above a 4th line assignment.
Expectations for Andersson have always been high because he was the 7th overall pick, was hyped as NHL ready and because he, and Filip Chytil, were the first 1st-round picks the Rangers had had in forever. He’s only 21 so there is a ton of time for him to become a regular NHLer and a part of the Rangers future, but others are establishing themselves and leaving him on the outside.