To cap off the final day of the Young Stars Classic, the Calgary Flames added to the positive changes and additions this summer by signing Rasmus Andersson. Anderrson of course was the Flames top pick this June at the entry draft, selected in the second-round 53rd overall.
Originally from Malmo, Andersson was looked upon by the Barrie Colts to fill the void that former defenseman Aaron Ekblad left: which paid off very well for the Colts. In his first OHL season, he led the way in defensemen scoring and was fourth in team points overall. With a very exceptional season, he earned quite a bit of attention from scouts being a very great pick if available in the second-round. The Projection Project had him at a 76% success rate of becoming an NHLer.
Andersson embodies quite a bit of what you expect from a modern-day NHL defenseman. He possesses a very sound and calm style of play, a very exceptional first pass, offensive instincts, size, mobility, and capability in his own end. All exhibited and showcased in the two games he's played at the Young Stars Classic.
It's all very likely we see him start and play most of the year in Barrie, rounding out his game at the junior level. Though as we know, the Flames love to showcase the future late in the season much like Sam Bennett last year, and Johnny Gaudreau the year before. Overall, Rasmus Andersson has everything necessary to hopefully carve out a great career as a pro, this is just the first step in doing so.