Andersson has played for various Swedish national teams since the Under-16 league in the 2014-15 season. He most recently played for Djurgårdens in the Swedish SuperElit league, scoring the third-most points among all defensemen with 31 points (six goals, 25 assists) in 42 games.
A scouting report at CanucksArmy.com describes Andersson as a “smooth skating defenceman who is skilled with the puck.” It also says he will need to work on his defense, physicality, and “gambling” with the puck for his long-term development. But in terms of the modern NHL game, Andersson brings a very desirable skill-set with his mobility, puck moving, and powerful shot.
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Analysis: The Bruins still have plenty of left-shooting defensemen in the pipeline, but with Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo already at the NHL level, their right-shot defensive cupboard was virtually bare. Andersson adds some depth to their prospect group on the blue line, and he has a skill set (skating, puck-moving) that should translate well to the modern NHL game. Andersson is reported to make good, smart first passes up the ice, but reportedly tends to be over-aggressive at times. His ultimate ceiling will depend on how he develops his defensive game and decision-making. — Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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