Peter Andersson
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Peter Andersson

Hometown:

Kvidinge Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-04-13

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

5th round (143rd overall), 2009

Weight:

194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Peter Andersson skated for Frolunda’s U20 and U18 teams and represented Sweden at the 2009 U18 World Junior Championship. He had 3 goals and 5 assists in 36 games at the U20 level and 1 assist in five games in U18 play. Andersson was +2 with 1 goal in six games for fifth-place Sweden at the WJC tournament. Ranked 22nd amongst European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Andersson was selected by Vancouver in the fifth round (143rd overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.

2009-10: Andersson made his debut in Sweden’s Elitserien, appearing in 21 games with Frolunda, and skated with Boras in AllSvenskan (the Swedish second league). Andersson also played for Team Sweden at the 2010 U20 World Junior Championship. He scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +3 with 4 PMs while averaging just under 13 minutes of ice time per game with Frolunda. In 10 games with Boras he scored 2 goals with 4 assists and 12 PMs. Andersson was +5 and had 3 assists with 4 PMs in six games for the bronze medal-winning Sweden squad at the WJC. Andersson signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Vancouver in June 2010.

2010-11: Andersson skated in 27 games for Frolunda in the Elitserien and played 30 games with Boras in AllSvenksan. He saw limited ice with Frolunda, averaging five minutes of ice time per game. He finished -4 and had no points with 8 PMs. The Indians were ninth in the 12-team league. In 30 games with Boras Andersson scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +4 with 24 PMs. He joined Frolunda’s U20 team for the Super Elit U20 playoffs and in seven games had 1 goal with 3 assists.

2011-12: Anderson spent his second pro season in AllSvenskan (Swedish second league) on loan to league regular season champion Orebro from Frolunda. He scored 5 goals with 1 assist and was plus-one in 30 regular season games. Anderson skated in all 10 games as Orebro finished fifth in the six-team Elitserien qualifying series; failing to gain promotion. He scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was minus-two with 2 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Andersson spent his first pro season in North America — skating in 42 games for Vancouver’s AHL affiliate in Chicago. He scored 1 goal with 7 assists and was an even plus/minus with 16 penalty minutes – missing time in January due to a facial injury. The Wolves were fourth in the Midwest Division and missed the AHL playoffs. Andersson was with the Canucks during their training camp in January and in the NHL playoffs but did not see any NHL action.

2013-14: Andersson played for Vancouver AHL affiliate Utica in his second pro season. He scored 2 goals with 11 assists and was +3 with 26 penalty minutes in 58 games for the Comets. Utica finished third in the North Division, four points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Andersson was tendered a qualifying offer by the Canucks and was re-signed to a one-year contract as by Vancouver as a restricted free agent in July 2014. 

Talent Analysis

Andersson is a big defenseman that plays a solid two-way game. His hockey sense is sound and he can distribute a first pass to start the counterattack. He skates with good top speed, can handle the puck and has a powerful slapshot. Defensively, he is usually in right position, but will sometimes try and do more than the situation requires. He does not play a punishing game for a player of his stature.

Future

Andersson attended training camp with the Canuck before being assigned to AHL affiliate Utica. Now in his third pro season in North America, he has proven to be a capable, if nondescript, defender at the AHL level but has yet to crack the NHL lineup in Vancouver. Andersson is big, mobile, and equipped with a solid slap-shot which suggests the versatility to fill a number of different needs. At this point it appears more likely that he will head back to Europe for a more lucrative contract and an opportunity to play in the top division.

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