Lias Andersson, the No. 7 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, was traded to the Los Angeles Kings by the New York Rangers on Wednesday.
The Rangers acquired a second-round pick (No. 60) in the 2020 NHL Draft and used it to select William Cuylle, a forward from Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League.
Before they selected forward Kaapo Kakko at No. 2 last year, Andersson was the Rangers’ highest draft pick since they selected goalie Al Montoya at No. 6 in the 2004 NHL Draft.
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The 21-year-old forward’s father, Nikas Andersson, is a European amateur scout for the Kings.
Andersson scored nine points (three goals, six assists) in 66 games with the Rangers from 2017-20, including one assist in 17 games this season.
The Rangers loaned Andersson to HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League for the 2020-21 season. He has scored four points (one goal, three assists) in four games this season.
Andersson was suspended by the Rangers after leaving Hartford of the American Hockey League in December. Before that, he reportedly had asked to be traded to return to Sweden.
The Rangers loaned Andersson to HV71 in late January, and he played in 15 games, scoring 12 points (seven goals, five assists).
Andersson played seven games with the Rangers in 2017-18, scoring in his NHL debut against the Washington Capitals on March 26 after joining Hartford more than two months earlier.
He split the 2018-19 season between New York and Hartford, playing 42 games with the Rangers, scoring six points (two goals, four assists).
Andersson made the Rangers lineup on opening night this season but was sent to Hartford on Nov. 17 after playing 3:55 in a 4-3 loss to the Florida Panthers the day before.
Andersson scored 39 points (15 goals, 24 assists) in 74 games over three seasons with Hartford.
Cuylle (6-foot-3, 204 pounds) said he tries to emulate Capitals forward Tom Wilson (6-foot-4, 220 pounds).
“I’m a power forward,” Cuylle said. “I play a pretty rough and tough game. I like to score goals as well. I try to model my game after Tom Wilson, so kind of that hybrid, playing physical and being able to score goals as well.”