Rasmus Andersson

Hometown:

Malmo Sweden

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-10-27

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd round (53rd overall), 2015

Weight:

212 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Rasmus Andersson skated in 17 games with the Malmo U18 team as a 14-year-old and played for Skane in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players in Sweden. He had 1 assist and 22 penalty minutes skating with the Malmo U18 squad. Andersson scored 3 goals with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes in eight games for Skane in the TV-Pucken tournament.

2011-12: Andersson split the year between Malmo’s U20 and U18 teams and played internationally with the Sweden U16 squad. In 16 SuperElit league U20 games, including three playoff games, he was +1 and had 3 assists with 6 penalty minutes. Andersson scored 6 goals with 16 assists and was +2 with 47 penalty minutes in 23 regular season games for the Malmo U18 team and scored 1 goal with 1 assists, finishing +1 with 18 penalty minutes, in five playoff games. He scored 2 goals with 9 assists and was +18 with 8 penalty minutes in 11 games for Sweden in U16 play. A team captain for Skane in his second TV-Pucken tournament, Andersson scored 5 goals with 2 assists and was -5 with 6 penalty minutes in eight games.

2012-13: Andersson played for the Malmo men’s team in Allsvenskan as a 16-year-old and played for the Sweden U18 team in the 2013 World Junior Championship. He scored 3 goals with 8 assists in 38 regular season games for Malmo and was -8 with 22 penalty minutes. In nine SuperElit games with the Malmo U20 team he scored 6 goals with 1 assist and was -7 with 50 penalty minutes. Andersson scored 1 goal and was +3 with 6 penalty minutes in five games for Sweden at the WJC. Sweden finished fifth in the tournament, falling 4-0 to the USA in the quarterfinals.

2013-14: Andersson skated for the Sweden U18 team in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before returning to Malmo for his second Allsvenskan season. He finished the year in Finland skating for the Sweden U18 team in the 2014 World Juniors. Andersson scored 3 goals with 10 assists and was +4 with 26 penalty minutes in 43 regular season games. Malmo missed out on elevation to the SHL, finishing fourth in the six-team Kval Series. Andersson was -2 with 1 assist and no penalties in 10 Kval series games. He scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +4 with 12 penalty minutes in eight games for the Malmo U20 team in SuperElit play. Andersson was -2 with 4 assists and 10 penalty minutes for Sweden in four games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and scored 2 goals with 1 assist, finishing -2 with 14 penalty minutes, in seven games at the WJC. The Barrie Colts selected Andersson in the first round (37th overall) in the 2014 CHL Import Draft.

2014-15: Andersson was the third-leading scorer amongst OHL defensemen in his first season with Barrie. He scored 12 goals with 52 assists and was +14 with 88 penalty minutes in 67 regular season games. The Colts finished first in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Andersson scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was -1 with 6 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. He was ranked 93rd amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was invited to the NHL Prospects Combine. Andersson was selected by Calgary in the second round (53rd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Andersson is a two-way defenseman who is engaged in all three zones and is most effective when pushing the pace. His compete level is off the charts and he willingly battles along the boards. He has some offensive elements to his game, both as a goal scoring threat on the rush or from the point and as a playmaker.

Future

Andersson signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Flames in September 2015. He is expected to return to Barrie to play in the OHL in 2015-16 following Calgary's training camp and is a candidate to skate for Sweden in the 2016 World Juniors along with fellow Flames' prospect Oliver Kylington. Long-term Andersson is expected to be a solid two-way defenseman with some scoring ability at the NHL level.

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