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Kings sign forward Lias Andersson to 1-year contract extension

Kings sign forward Lias Andersson to 1-year contract extension

The Kings re-signed restricted free-agent forward Lias Andersson to a new, one-year contract Friday. The deal is worth up to $ 874,125, the Kings said in a news release.

Andersson, who was the No.7 overall draft pick in 2017, was acquired from the New York Rangers in exchange for a second-round selection prior to last season.

The 22-year-old Swede split his 2021 campaign between the Kings, for whom he had six points in 23 games, and the American Hockey League, where he racked up 17 points in 15 matches. His father Niklas and uncle Mikael were both NHL pros.

Andersson was protected in last week’s expansion draft. He became the fourth restricted free-agent forward to come to terms with the Kings after Blake Lizotte, Trevor Moore and Andreas Athanasiou all returned to the fold.

Andersson was drafted as a center but can also play wing capably. While it remains to be seen if he can carry over his offensive production from other levels of competition to the NHL, his tenacity on the forecheck and positional versatility give him a strong opportunity to stick as a bottom-six player next season.

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