Fantasy Take: Lias off to La-La Land

Michael Clifford


The Los Angeles Kings have done a marvelous job replenishing their system following their glory years some five years ago or so. Kupari, Fagemo, Vilardi, Turcotte, Kaliyev, and now Byfield and Grans. That is a loaded depth chart.

The Kings added to their prospect depth by trading a second-round pick to the New York Rangers for Lis Andersson. Let's get to it.


What the Kings get

Andersson was taken with the seventh overall pick in 2017. It should be noted that that was a reach at the time. The ISS had him ranked 25th overall; Dobber Prospects had him 17th; Bob McKenzie had him 13th; Sports Illustrated had him 17th. The evolving picture is pretty clear: most ranked had him lower, and in some cases much lower, than seventh overall.

It should be said that the 2017 draft didn't blow the doors off. When we look at the names taken in the 10 picks following Andersson, only two regular NHLers have emerged so far (Necas, Suzuki) and most of the rest of the first round is filled with guys who have yet to prove they belong (Brannstrom, Liljegren, Frost, Joseph, Jokiharju, Tolvanen, Kostin). This isn't the 2015 Bruins where within a year it was obvious they had completely messed up.

Andersson has done nothing at the NHL level, but at the same time, he wasn't given much help. In his only full-ish year, he played 418 minutes at 5-on-5. He skated at least 100 minutes with seven different players in that time. Those players are as follows (from Hockey Viz):