The seventh overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft will not be joining the New York Rangers during training camp for the season restart. Lias Andersson declined an invitation to attend next month's anticipated training camp leading into the 2020 Stanley Cup tournament, according to the New York Post.
Andersson has instead opted to remain in Sweden, where he's been since January after he requested a trade from the team back in December. But according to the Post's report, the team president seems to be under the belief that the 21-year-old would like to remain with the Rangers.
"We had discussions with Lias about coming over for camp, but he felt it was better for him to stay in his home country at this time," Davidson told The Post. "We respect that decision."
"We had a number of good conversations. He told me he wants to be a New York Ranger. We'll continue to hold his rights and down the road, we'll have discussions about where it's best for Lias to play next season."
Andersson could remain in Sweden for the 2020-21 season should he not get traded, or if a trade does materialize outside of a certain window. He's played 68 games over three seasons for New York, mostly on the fourth line.