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2013-2014 Rangers Prospects Thread (Player Stats in Post #1; Updated 12/17)
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09-22-2013, 04:40 PM
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Andersson went back to his home team.
The second tier league is a good development league for a 18 y/o. The SHL only has 12 clubs, and there are 4-6 teams in the 2nd tier league that holds decent top tier European level, and around ten that is a definite notch below that level but still keeps it together (like we saw when several NHLers played in that league during the lockout).
Andersson got a good shoot at playing a lot of minutes for Malmö. OEL, Filip Forsberg and a few others also played at that level at the same age the last years.
I think it's a very good option for Andersson. Get top minutes this year and a good shot at playing in the WJC. Next summer he can sign a NHL deal and be loaned to a SHL team for a year. And then play in the AHL in 15/16 when he is 21 y/o.
Had he stayed with Farjestad after rehabbing all summer and the first couple of weeks of the regular season, there must have been a risk for him not really getting in early in the year, and he would have been forced to wait for his turn so to speak. Farjestad got a good team, probably a step above any AHL team. Andersson is only 19, the SHL is a great option if you are ready but he is a bit of a late bloomer.
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