With the New York Rangers projected to miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-2010 season, they have decided to recall centerman Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil from the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). Andersson was drafted seventh overall in the 2017 NHL Draft and Chytil was drafted 21st overall in the 2017 NHL Draft.
With just seven games remaining, the Rangers record is 33-34-8 with 74 points. The Rangers want to get Andersson and Chytil some NHL reps to see how they stand before training camp next season. They are both vital to the New York Rangers rebuilding process.
Andersson (age 19) played in 22 games for the Frolunda HC in the Sweden Hockey League. He scored seven goals and recorded seven assists. His plus/minus was 6. In 24 games played with Hartford, Andersson scored five goals and recorded nine assists. His plus/minus was 1.
Andersson is a very good two-way player and he is aggressive at winning puck battles. He will provide depth scoring for the Rangers in the future and Andersson could be a top line centerman one day.
Filip Chytil (age 18) has scored 11 goals and recorded 20 assists in 45 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack. His plus/minus was -2. Chytil has the potential to score 20-30 goals a season as a centerman.