With the 119th pick in the draft, the Rangers selected Swedish defenseman Calle Anderson.
Anderson, who was ranked 39th by Future Considerations, “A smart, two-way defenseman who makes consistently good decisions. His skating has improved this year to a strength as he is very mobile and has quick with agile feet. He plays the game cool and calm, both with and without the puck on his stick. He reads the play extremely well and has great anticipation. He knows his positioning and where to be to stifle an attack as well as what to do to support an offensive play.”
In his final rankings at ESPN Insider, Grant Sonier had Andersson ranked 36th, up from 40th in the mid-term, and writes “In the years ahead he could surpass many who will be selected before him as his game with the puck is very good, led by strong overall hockey sense.”
At The Hockey News, Ross MacLean says that the best pick of the fourth round was Andersson. He says that Andersson is a “big, mobile Swede who at times outshone higher ranked Swedish defenders.”
On Andersson, Jeff Gorton told the Rangers website , “Skilled guy that can run a power play. Has good size, thick kid. He is a right shot that can shoot. He was falling and the fact that he has some bloodlines and raised in the game is something that we look for.”
His father was Peter Andersson who spent most of his playing career in Sweden, but briefly came over in the early 90′s to play with the Rangers.