LA Kings: Three players who could sneak onto the Opening Night roster

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3. Lias Andersson

One of the best decisions on draft night was the acquisition of Lias Andersson. The former seventh overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft went four spots ahead of Gabe Vilardi. His time with the New York Rangers did not go well, scoring a combined 3 goals with 6 assists in 66 games.

He left the club last winter, demanding a trade, and was loaned to HV71 of the SHL, where he scored 12 points in 15 games. He remains with the club and is currently finishing out a five-game suspension.

Through the first four games, Andersson has a goal and 3 assists for 4 points. Reports are conflicting on his plans for the 2020-2021 season, as I have seen that he’ll remain in Sweden for the whole year.

Elsewhere, I have seen the Kings want to bring him in for training camp. He could end up going back to Sweden if he fails to make the Kings roster out of training camp. But the scouting reports should have LA Kings’ fans licking their chops.

"“Andersson is an excellent team player. Never takes a shift off. Also blessed with good hockey sense and plays a strong two-way game. Offensively, Andersson stands out with impressive puck skills, a good shot and fine speed. Has the tools to become a scoring line player, but could also become an excellent role player who always gives 100%.” – Elite Prospects"

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Players with that kind of character and physical abilities get people talking in training camp. Again, he would seem to fit on the third line’s left side should he make the team.

Can we get the season started already?