Per Darren Dreger, New York Rangers prospect and former 7th overall pick (2017 Draft) Lias Andersson has formally requested a trade. Dreger also reports that Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton will use the holiday roster freeze to assess the trade market.
Lias Andersson has formally asked the @NYRangers for a trade. He is no longer with the club. Rangers GM, Jeff Gorton will use the Holiday Freeze to assess the market.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) December 21, 2019
Andersson, 21, has four goals and an assist in 13 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack this season. He started the 2019-20 season with New York, but managed to pick up just one point — an assist — in 17 games.
Since the Swedish center was drafted by the Rangers in 2017, he’s been unable to carve out a role for himself on the Rangers’ roster. The Rangers acquired the pick that they used to select Andersson — in addition to Tony DeAngelo — in the blockbuster trade that sent Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta to the Arizona Coyotes.
The holiday roster freeze lifts on Dec. 27, 2019 and the trade deadline is on Feb. 24, 2020.