2017 NHL Draft
Steve Kournianos | 06/02/2017 | New York | [hupso]
Height / Weight: 5’11, 198 lbs
Born: October 13, 1998 | Smogen, Sweden
The Draft Analyst Ranking:
|2016-17||Sweden (U20 WJC)||7||3||0||3||6|
|2016-17||HV71 J20 (Superelit)||3||2||0||2||2|
|2015-16||HV71 J20 (Superelit)||37||24||35||59||91|
|2015-16||Sweden (U18 WC)||7||5||4||9||8|
|2015-16||Sweden (U18 Hlinka)||5||0||0||0||18|
|2015-16||HV71 J18 (J18 Elit)||2||1||5||6||0|
|2014-15||HV71 J20 (Superelit)||25||6||3||9||16|
|2014-15||HV71 J18 (J18 Elit)||13||6||13||19||20|
|2014-15||Sweden (U17 WHC)||6||1||3||4||2|
One of the few forward prospects who played consistent minutes for a contending adult team, Andersson showcased more creativity and puck skills at several best-on-best tournaments while manning one of Sweden’s top two lines. He’s a 200-foot battler with soft hands and makes smart decisions while motoring up ice. Andersson is a virtual lock for a lengthy NHL career, and his style of play can fit any system.
Andersson is a mature, two-way center who can occasionally fill in on the wing. He had a strong rookie season in the SHL, finishing with 19 points in 42 games for a talented HV71 club. Andersson has run the gauntlet of international competition with aplomb, placing among Sweden’s leaders in goals and points at the last WJC and U18 world championship. A shifty, elusive player with good acceleration who is quick on his feet and a has knack for making something out of nothing, Andersson has a ton of upside considering how well he fared as a teenager on a good team in an adult league. He has a very good shot, mainly for his release and accuracy rather than sheer power. Playing inside is something he’ll do with regularity, and Andersson’s proven to snap off a quick shot while cutting across or in full stride.