Rasmus Andersson

by Dean Youngblood on March 11, 2017

Rasmus Andersson - Photo from Yahoo Sports

 

Rasmus Andersson, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-0

Weight: 212

Born: 1996-10-27

Hometown: Malmo, SWE

Drafted: 2nd round 2015 by Calgary, 53rd overall

 

 

 

Observations:

Mar 2017 - Rasmus has been emergency called up to Calgary with Dougie Hamilton and Michael Stone both being potentially unavailable. Rasmus has been slowly improving; spending time in all situations and leading Stockton in points from the backend with 22 in 50 games. He has the ability to make the game look easy as his skating becomes smoother. He has a confident decision making process and gets pucks through from the point. He has real top-4 potential and is currently the best D in Calgary's system. - Joel Henderson

 

Oct 2016 - With six assists in the first six games, Andersson is showing that his production is quite transferable from the OHL to pro hockey. He excells at a strong first pass or the stretch pass. The wonder of his early success is that he only has five shots on net, and isn't getting top PP minutes, yet. With that in mind, he shouldn't continue to produce at this rate unless that changes. - Joel Henderson

 

Oct 2016 - He's been assigned to the AHL and should be a big part of the offensive production, including PP minutes. Calgary has a couple of lovely Swedes in Andersson and Kylington. This will give them options to help one another, and compete for a call up. Andersson was sent to the AHL quicker than some expected but that might simply be to get comfortable in Stockton. He had a strong prospect tournament and continues to work on nutrition. Being a full time pro will help. - Joel Henderson

 

Mar 2016 - OHL coaches poll for the 2015/16 season show Andersson was voted best offensive defenseman in the OHL, as well as finished sixth in the hardest shot category. 

 

Mar 2016 - This has been a growing year for Andersson. That certainly is not a negative. His offensive numbers show the proof of his vision and puck handling abilities especially as a power-play catalyst. He's shown improvement in his conditioning as well, however that will continue to be a longer goal.  - Joel Henderson

 

Dec 2015 - While he has not been named to Team Sweden due to older talent running the PP, he will get more opportunities in the future. Do not take this as a slight to Rasmus. Sweden is pumping out powerplay quarterback defensemen and Rasmus is a very good one. - Joel Henderson

 

Nov 2015 - After getting off to a slow start to the season, he's officially back to form and then some. Rasmus has 15 points in the last 10 games while only being held scoreless once. He is delivering tons of shots each night and his plus-8 adds sprinkling on top. Barrie has went 7-3 over that span of time. By now the Colts should be the first team Flames fans gravitate towards in CHL hockey. - Joel Henderson

Oct 2015 - He has been assigned to Barrie of the OHL, joining already assigned teammate Andrew Mangiapane. Training camp showed improved conditioning and a wide skill set. He was impressive quarterbacking the powerplay and very rarely looked nervous or out of place. - Joel Henderson 

 

Sept 2015 - The second round draft pick has signed an ELC with the Calgary Flames. - Joel Henderson

 

August 2015 - He was named to Team Sweden's Summer camp roster. He has played for Sweden a number of times so this is no surprise. Joel Henderson

 

June 2015 - The Flames need for his offensive skill set is likely several years away, thanks to their acquisition of Dougie Hamilton. Though the franchise's outlook will be much different by the time he's NHL ready. Dobber

 

June 2015 - The bulky defenseman went into Barrie with the pressure of being asked to replace 2014 first overall pick Aaron Ekblad. Andersson possesses average size, good passing ability and above-average vision. His 64 points as a defenseman was tops on Barrie and finished third in OHL scoring as a defenseman, (first among draft eligible defenseman). On the defensive side Rasmus is okay but not great, using his size to lean on people in front of the net and solid positioning to give his opponents worse angles of the net to shoot out. Benjamin Gallant

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

Andersson has the potential to be a puck-moving defenseman in the NHL but he’ll need to sharpen his mobility and improve his attention to detail on both sides of the puck.

 

Footage:

Rasmus Andersson displaying his quick release:

 

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