The Rangers assigned Andersson to AHL Hartford on Friday. Andersson has only averaged 8:44 of ice time in New York's last five contests, so the Rangers clearly thought a demotion was in his best interest, as it will allow him get top-six minutes on a nightly basis, albeit at a lower level. The 2017 first-round pick will likely remain in the minors for the foreseeable future, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him back with the big club later this season.
Andersson put two shots on net in a team-low 6:09 of ice time in Tuesday's 3-1 win over Anaheim. Andersson's been reduced to a fourth-line role, and no member of his line even reached eight minutes of ice time in this one. The seventh overall pick from the 2017 draft is progressing more slowly than the Rangers would like, but it's much too early to write him off in dynasty formats.
Andersson scored his first goal of the season in Monday's 4-2 win over the Senators. The 20-year-old isn't seeing much ice time while skating on the Rangers' fourth line -- he played only 8:30 on Monday -- so it's no surprise Andersson's offensive contributions have been limited in 11 games since being called up from AHL Hartford. The seventh overall pick in 2017 has the two-way game to handle a more important assignment, but New York's forward ranks are deep enough that they can bring the youngster along slowly, leaving him as a better fantasy asset in dynasty and keeper leagues than in re-draft formats.
Andersson made his season debut in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Canadiens, recording three shots and four PIM in 12:17 of ice time. Andersson looked jittery early, but he was able to settle down as the game went along and produced some quality chances. The Swede's penalty minutes came courtesy of a pair of high-sticking minors, both of which were the result of failing to keep his stick down as he was finishing a body check. Andersson was called up with fellow youngster Brett Howden (upper body) sitting this one out, but Howden is due to return imminently, creating a logjam at the center position consisting of Mika Zibanejad, Kevin Hayes, Filip Chytil, Howden and Andersson.
Andersson was reassigned to AHL Hartford on Friday. Selected by the Rangers with the seventh overall pick in the 2017 draft, Andersson will return to the Wolf Pack, with whom he registered five goals, nine helpers and a plus-8 rating over 25 contests last season. There's plenty to like about Andersson's offensive potential over the long haul, but the Blueshirts are taking a disciplined approach by letting him fully polish his game in the minor league. The Rangers can always call him up, too.
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