New York Rangers Recall Lias Andersson from Hartford Wolf Pack

Lias Andersson has been recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Andersson has tallied six goals and 14 assists in 36 games played this season with the Pack. In his first stint Andersson tallied four goals and eight assists for 12 points in 14 games, and since returning to Hartford he’s scored two goals and added six assists for eight points in 22 games.

At the NHL level this season Andersson has averaged 10:23 a game in 21 games, and has tallied a goal and three assists. His time on ice started to decrease during his last stint with the team, and in  his last five games he skated 7:08, 10:33, 10:27, 6:09 and 9:24.

The potential length and purpose of the recall is interesting, because the recent trade of Peter Holland to the Chicago Blackhawks opened up the No. 1 center job in Hartford.

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One interesting wrinkle is that if Andersson is with the team for the remainder of the season he will officially gain a year of professional experience which is important in the context of unrestricted free agency.

The Rangers are currently at the 23-man roster limit, so there will need to be a corresponding move for Andersson to officially join the team. Possible moves could be a trade, a demotion of a player or even a retroactive placement of Brett Howden to IR since he isn’t ready to return yet.

UPDATE: 1:34 p.m.

It is NHL trade deadline season and with the potential for anything to happen, so stay tuned for more details.