Rasmus Andersson: Defence
Regular Season: 79 GP, 2 G, 17 A, 19 Pts, 23 PIM, +17, -3.91 CFRel%
Playoffs: 5 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 Pts, 2 PIM, 53.49 CF%
MGMacGillivray = (B+) It’s safe to say that Rasmus Andersson easily surpassed any expectations we had of him coming into the 2018-19 season. He earned a spot during training camp and saw his role increase over the course of the season. Andersson even found himself alongside Mark Giordano on the top pairing for stretches towards the end of the season. Andersson has only started to scratch the surface of his potential and looks like a lock to force his way into the Top 4 (maybe even Top 2) permanently in 2019-20.
MarkParkinson14 = (B) I don’t think there is much to nit-pick about Andersson’s first full NHL season. There were times where he looked like he was ready to take the second slot on the top line from T.J. Brodie (full time) and he even when paired with a fellow rookie on defence he looked the part of an NHL regular. Calgary has a young star in the making and the only downside from his season that I can think of is that he needs to shoot more. Andersson has an absolute cannon for a shot and could be a valuable offensive weapon, in addition to his stellar defensive play in the future.
MilhouseFirehouse = (B) It’s not often that a rookie season is also a breakout campaign, but this was pretty darn close. The only minimal nitpick was early in the year on an all-rookie D-pairing that looked defensively shaky sometimes, but find me an all-rookie D-pairing that isn’t a little rattled here and there. Moving his way up the lineup and lineup and looking perfectly comfortable doing so is another thing that’s rare in a rookie campaign, and it also happened here. And perhaps as a silver lining, his season didn’t explode into such a coming out party that we’re automatically expecting him to have the sophomore season regression that usually follows and unsustainable rookie year. He simply progressed ahead of the expected curve and didn’t fall off along the way. If he continues on this learning curve, and is helped out moving up by the offseason moves, it’s only onward and upward.
Madeline Campbell = (B+) Look at all of us agreeing here, how fun. But anyway. It’s easy to think that a player who’s capital R Ready to make the jump from the AHL to the NHL should be able to do so easily and seamlessly, but this really isn’t always the case, it can get dodgy sometimes, so with that in mind, I tried to keep my expectations reasonable for Andersson, as much as I liked and believed in him. And I was pleasantly surprised!
Like the guys have said, while he did seem to need a little bit of time to adjust, he really came in and did everything that could have been asked of him. He worked himself into an elevated role in the lineup, facing more minutes against tougher competition, and he held up. I don’t know how often you can throw a rookie on the top pair and be able to say the same of him. So I’ve been really pleased with his first season. I’d just like to see him get more confident in the offensive side of his game, especially as we’re seeing, in the modern NHL, teams weaponizing defensemen who can activate on the rush and provide some extra offense, as well. He seems like he has that potential, and I’d like to see him and the team tap into that. But, hey, you can’t master everything in your first year.
Gordie.Taylor - (B)
Our Final Grade: B
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