#13 Calle Andersson: Defenseman, 19, Malmo Redhawks (Swedish Allsvenskan)
Posted by Adam Herman on Jan 6, 2014 08:24
Like Tambellini, injury issues set back Andersson; for him it was a wrist problem dating back to last season. However, Andersson has gotten into a routine much quicker. Playing in the second division in Sweden, which, like Buchnevich, is largely against grown, matured players, Andersson has earned 10 points in 28 games. Those are very acceptable numbers for a 19-year-old, and he's been responsible enough defensively. Gordie Clark said that the team really likes his poise and vision with the puck on his stick, but that he has to work on being a bit less timid. The Swedish leagues, though certainly legitimate and competitive, don't match up to the NHL in terms of the physical nature. Andersson is going to have to work on that and might need to come over to North America to do so. His rights expire at the end of the season so the scouting staff will soon have a decision to make on whether to sign him, but if he continues on this path then I find it difficult to imagine he is not signed. Andersson is the one guy in the system who has any sort of potential as a puck moving defenseman and powerplay quarterback, and for those reasons he is an important prospect.