The LA Kings continue their busy offseason, announcing the signing Lias Andersson to one-year, two-way deal on Friday.
Acquired from the New York Rangers last October, the former 7th-overall draft choice was brought to Los Angeles with excitement from a talent perspective but also some reticence from an attitude perspective. The latter was a non-issue with the Kings as Andersson fit right in with his new organization, splitting time between the AHL’s Ontario Reign, the Kings, and the big club’s taxi squad.
When he did suit up for the big club, Andersson had a more-than-decent showing, scoring three goals and adding three assists in 23 games for the Kings. In addition to his offensive capabilities, though, the Smogen, Sweden, native has a strong hockey sense, plays a great two-way game, and is an excellent team player, explaining why he fit in as well as he did with the Kings last season.
NEWS: The LA Kings have signed @LiasAndersson to a one-year, two-way contract.
— LA Kings (@LAKings) July 30, 2021
Andersson also possesses a good shot and a fine amount of speed in addition to an unwavering work ethic that makes him an asset on any team should he have to endure any struggles offensively.
These are just a few of the reasons why Andersson is sticking around southern California, but we will see what’s in store for the 22-year-old as the 2021-22 campaign should prove to be pivotal.