Lias Andersson’s tumultuous career with the New York Rangers has officially come to an end.
The Rangers shipped Andersson, the organization’s seventh-overall pick in 2017, to the Los Angeles Kings during the second round of Tuesday’s NHL Draft in exchange for the No. 60 pick. General manager Jeff Gorton then announced that the Rangers would be drafting William Cuylle.
Andersson played in 66 games for the Rangers, falling short of first-round selection expectations with just three goals and six assists. He struggled to secure a spot in the lineup and fluctuated between the NHL and the AHL for most of his time in New York.
Two months ago, the Rangers loaned Andersson to HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League for the 2020-21 season. Andersson abruptly left Hartford last season to return to Sweden, for which the Rangers suspended him, and demanded a trade shortly after being sent down the AHL.
The Rangers extended an invitation to Andersson to re-join the team for summer training camp ahead of the 2020 NHL Playoffs, but the 21-year-old declined.
Andersson had confided in SVT Sports, a Swedish media outlet, that it was an “untenable situation” for him in New York.
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