While this year’s NHL Draft has looked different than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was still the usual draft craziness of trades from all teams.
The New York Rangers had one of those trades where they sent Lias Andersson to the LA Kings for the 60th draft pick, William Cuylle.
Lias Andersson was selected by the Rangers 7th overall in the 2017 draft. Andersson played 66 games with the Rangers scoring 3 goals and 6 assists. Due to the struggles in the NHL, Andersson was sent back and forth to the AHL and NHL. Fans and the organization were expecting more out of him, but nothing seemed to be working. Now Andersson is going to the Kings, and fans should wish him the best and hope he can grow there.
William Cuylle played 125 games in the OHL for the Windsor Spitfires. Cuylle scored 48 goals and 35 assists in the OHL. One thing Rangers fans noticed about Cuylle was his size. William Cuylle is 6’3 and 203 lbs.
This is a great addition to the Blueshirts. The size of Cuylle will allow him to use it against opposing players, but he can control it with the puck. When Cuylle has the puck it’s almost a given that he will score. Cuylle also has a hard shot. There are a lot of great qualities in the prospect. Cuylle can be both a physical player but also a skillful one.
The Rangers could use a player that has both the size and the skill to score. While Cuylle is a forward, his size when in our zone can be helpful in blocking shots.
The draft seemed to be successful for the Rangers. They chose wisely and picked players that seem to be a good fit for this team.
There has been a lot of change, but it’s for the good and for the future of this team.
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