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Lias Andersson requested a trade from the New York Rangers on December 21st and is no longer a part of the organization.
When the New York Rangers traded center Derek Stepan and goalie Antti Raanta to the Arizona Coyotes for Tony DeAngelo and the Coyotes 7th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft, many Ranger fans, and supposedly the GM Jeff Gorton were hoping for Elias Pettersson at that pick. It was two picks later that the Rangers drafted Lias Andersson. After a season in Sweden playing for Frölunda, he was cut from 2018 training camp and was sent to the AHL.
Andersson has played 66 games in the NHL with 9 points (3 G, 6 A). His lack of improvement could be seen as the mistakes of the organization, for opportunity was limited for him. David Quinn, Rangers head coach, placed the 7th overall pick on the fourth line with Greg McKegg and Michael Haley during his time in the NHL for the 19-20 season. The organization has sent him to Hartford many times throughout his three years with the Rangers, due to his lack of development. From the perspective of Andersson though, requesting a trade is most likely because of the opportunity that was not given to him. Developing is hard when you are not given much of a chance to. But his skill in the AHL has decreased, and it is true that he did not overcome the setback of being what Ranger fans consider ‘underrated’.
Whether it was at the fault of Andersson himself or the organization is an argument where both sides can be supported. But Andersson found himself in a position where being a New York Ranger is no longer good for his career. He is no longer apart of the organization and according to Darren Dreger, Jeff Gorton will use the holiday break to look at the market and see where Andersson will end up.