13Rasmus Andersson

Rasmus Andersson staying as a regular recall

With Dougie Hamilton and Michael Stone thankfully healthy and ready to play, the expected news today would be that Stockton defensive standout and emergency recall Rasmus Andersson would be sent back down to the AHL.

Not exactly.

As the team cannot keep him around on an emergency basis with a healthy roster, they have instead chosen to burn one of their four non-emergency recalls on Andersson. While a bit surprising, it’s totally deserved. The 2015 second rounder has come a far ways just this year. After being singled out at development camp for his conditioning, Andersson turned it around quickly. He has separated himself from the pack in Stockton (still CHL eligible, by the way), putting himself just about #1 on the prospect depth chart.

The move makes sense for a number of reasons. Firstly, Stockton’s defensive corps is a little clogged. Even without Rasmus, they have Oliver Kylington, Tyler Wotherspoon, Kenney Morrison,  Kayle Doetzel, Mike Kostka, Ryan Culkin, Brett Kulak, and Keith Aulie hanging around. There’s also the possibility of Flames prospect Brandon Hickey joining in the next few weeks, so the Flames would prefer to keep space for him.

No word on when he gets into the roster. Andersson was wearing the extra skater jersey in morning skate with Dennis Wideman, and Michael Stone is in. Hopefully, we can see him soon.

  • Grayone

    Very interesting news indeed Pat .. thanks for the update. Clearly they would like to see him play, who wouldn’t but he must have impressed during practice etc. Dennis Wideman can certainly see the writing on the wall in big bold letters now!

  • supra steve

    So, how do they get him a game now? Is Stone back for tonight? If so then Ras is probably still sitting. Or would they sit Bart (LHS) who hasn’t been wonderful lately for Ras (RHS) to play?

  • beloch

    This move suggests they intend to play Andersson sooner rather than later. If they were going to wait until after the team has clinched a playoff spot they’d have sent him back to the AHL. There’s no sense in him sitting for that long. Andersson must have been impressive at practice to the point where Gulutzan feels he only needs a little more time learning the team’s systems before he’s ready to play. This is good news!

    • supra steve

      Yeah, that’s pretty much my thought, but again…who sits? Bart is my choice, but again he’s a lefty and Ras a righty. Also about learning the systems…the AHL team is supposed to be playing same/similar systems to the big club, no? At least that was the claim a few years back under Hartley.

  • McRib

    “He has separated himself from the pack in Stockton (still CHL eligible, by the way), putting himself just about #1 on the prospect depth chart.”

    He is two months and five days away from being eligible for the OHL next season.