Lias Andersson has returned from the New York Rangers rookie tournament and training camp, and while expectations were high on Andersson going into the camp on an NHL level, his return to Sweden hasn’t left him with a bruised ego but rather a sheer will of determination. He’s expecting to succeed on all levels this year and return with a vengeance next summer in order to take a spot on the New York roster.
Andersson came up big in last nights game, and scored his first two goals for Frölunda, who sits sixth in the table after a slow start. Both Anderssons goals were rockets, and it seems that he is settling in with the team.
Andersson has also gotten on the score sheet in CHL with a goal and assist in each game against Gap Rapaces from France. His first goal coming off a deft move and high shot when going to the net:
It will be a special game on Saturday as Lias will remove his jersey and hand it to his father, Niklas Andersson (a former NHL:er), for the retirement ceremony of number 24, Lias will most likely play in number 61 from here on.
In the interview Lias Andersson mentions that the travel back and fourth to North America as one of the reasons he went in to camp tired. He says it got better with time, but it wasn’t enough to get a spot this year. With Frölunda as the alternative to Hartford in AHL it was an easy choice. The determination is there when he explains what needs to change for him personally, and he repeats it like a mantra. He also tries to explain how good of a team Frölunda is to the North American public. You can listen to the full interview below.