Rangers Add Swedish Center Lias Andersson in NHL Draft

With an MBA in management from Adelphi University, Larry Greenfield is a former desk leader with OPUS Trading. An avid sports fan, Larry Greenfield is a passionate supporter of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) New York Rangers.

As a result of a trade with the Arizona Coyotes, the Rangers owned the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, which was the highest pick owned by the team since 2004, when it selected goaltender Al Montoya with the sixth overall selection. New York acquired the pick along with defenseman Anthony DeAngelo in exchange for veteran center Derek Stepan and goaltender Antti Raanta.

The Rangers used the pick to improve their depth down the middle of the ice by selecting Swedish center Lias Andersson. Ranked as the third-best European skater by NHL Central Scouting, Andersson spent the 2016–17 season with HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League, where he scored nine goals and added 10 assists in 42 regular season games.

Andersson also represented Sweden at the World Junior Championships, where he scored three goals in seven games. The Rangers used their remaining six picks in the draft to select three centers, two defensemen, and one left winger.