Calle Andersson
Image: Malmo Redhawks

Calle Andersson

Hometown:

Limhamn Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-05-16

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

4th round (119th overall), 2012

Weight:

201 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Calle Andersson played for Malmo’s U18 squad and skated for Skane in the TV-Pucken high school tournament. In 29 games he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was plus-four with 34 penalty minutes. Malmo finished ninth in the ten team Allsvenskan South (U18) and did not make the playoffs. Andersson scored 1 goal with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in seven TV-Pucken games.

2010-11: Andersson played for Malmo’s U20 team in the SuperElit league and also skated for the club’s U18 team. He scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was plus-four with 20 penalty minutes as Malmo finished second in the South Division. In six games in Top 8 play he had no points and was minus-four with 4 penalty minutes. In 21 games with the U18 team he scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was minus-15 with 38 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Andersson moved from western to eastern Sweden, playing for Farjestads in the SuperElit (U20) league and represented Sweden at the 2012 U19 World Junior A Challenge and U18 World Junior Championship. Andersson put up big offensive numbers in his first year with Farjestads – scoring 12 goals with 24 assists in 49 games and was plus-five with 56 penalty minutes. In six playoff contests he scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was plus-one with 2 penalty minutes. He also played in 11 games for Farjestads U18 (including one playoff game) and scored 3 goals with 7 assists. In four games at the World Junior A Challenge he had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes. In six games for Sweden’s silver medal-winning team at the U18 WJC he had 3 assists and was an even plus/minus. Andersson was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked 15th amongst European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Andersson skated in 34 SHL games with Farjestad as an 18-year-old and also appeared in nine games for Malmo in Allsvenskan. In limited time with Sweden’s second-place club, he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -3 with 6 penalty minutes; averaging 6:37 minutes of ice time. Farjestad reached the playoff semifinals but Andersson did not appear in any games. In nine games with Malmo he had 2 assists and was +4 with 4 penalty minutes. Andersson was an offensive catalyst for the Farjestad junior team. He scored 11 goals with 16 assists and was an even plus-minus with 14 penalty minutes. In four playoff games he was +4 with 1 goal and 4 penalty minutes. Farjestad defeated Frolunda, 3-1, in the SuperElit league bronze medal game.

2013-14:  Andersson skated for the hometown Malmo Redhawks in Sweden’s second league, Allsvenskan, in his second pro season. He scored 2 goals with 10 assists and was +2 with 10 penalty minutes in 43 regular season games. Malmo finished first in Allsvenskan, missing out on a spot in the SHL after finishing fourth in the six-team Kval Series. Andersson scored 1 goal and had an even plus/minus with no penalties in six Kval Series games. He played ten games for the Redhawks U20 team, including two SuperElite playoff games. Andersson scored 4 goals with 1 assist and was +2 with 10 penalty minutes. The Rangers signed Andersson to a three-year entry-level contract in May 2014. 

2014-15: Andersson spent the season in Switzerland — beginning the year with EV Zug and finishing the season in Lugano  on loan from the Rangers. He scored 6 goals with 14 assists and was -5 with 22 penalty minutes in 48 regular season games between the two teams. Lugano finished third in the National A League regular season, falling to Geneve Servette in a first-round playoff series. Andersson had 3 assists and an even plus/minus with no penalties in six playoff games. 

2015-16: Andersson battled to find ice time with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack as a 21-year-old in his first season in North America. He scored 5 goals with 4 assists in 40 games and was -6 with 10 penalty minutes. Hartford finished fifth in the Atlantic Division, missing the AHL playoffs.

Talent Analysis

An offensive defenseman who has worked on his skating and his defensive positioning, Andersson has an excellent shot, good power play instincts, and good speed.

Future

Andersson is the son of former Binghamton and New York Ranger Peter Andersson. Playing in North America for the first time in 2015-16, the 21-year-old has had a tough time cracking the lineup with the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack. Andersson's skill set is that of a puck moving defenseman and a power play quarterback but his overall defensive game is still a work in progress at this stage of his development.

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