Rangers Draft Lias Andersson Seventh Overall

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Lias Andersson
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The recipient of a bachelor’s in political science from Boston University, Marc Rovner also earned a juris doctor from the school and has since accumulated nearly 30 years of experience as an attorney. Though attorney Marc Rovner attended school in Boston, he is a native of East Rockaway, New York, who counts himself a passionate fan of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) New York Rangers.

The Rangers entered the 2017 NHL Draft with the 21st overall pick, but, seeking to shed salary and improve its prospect depth, New York dealt veterans Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Anthony DeAngelo and the seventh overall pick in the draft. Stepan played 515 games for the Rangers and recorded 360 points, while Raanta spent the past four seasons as a backup with the Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks. DeAngelo, meanwhile, is a 21-year-old defenseman who appeared in 39 games for Arizona last season and recorded 14 points. He was drafted 19th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft.

With the seventh overall selection, the Rangers added standout Swedish center Lias Andersson. The 18-year-old spent the 2016-17 season with HV71 of the SHL, where he scored nine goals and added 10 assists in 42 games. He also scored three goals in seven games for Sweden at the World Junior Championships. He agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Rangers on July 13.

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