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Lias Andersson's father says son dealing with mental health issues; agent says otherwise

Tim Tucker   ·   9 janvier 2020
Lias Andersson's father, a former NHLer and current European scout for the L.A. Kings, says people don't seem to get it. In an interview with Aftonbladet in Sweden, Niklas Andersson says his son's decision to leave North America and return to Sweden has nothing to do with being forced to play in the AHL or his limited playing time with the Rangers this season.



"I think Lias has been clear in the media that it has nothing to do with him playing in the minors. Still, people keep talking about it all the time, people don't understand, they have no idea," said Niklas Andersson.

Both Lias and Niklas are making it clear that the time off has everything to do with Lias' mental health.

"I am proud and happy that Lias made this decision, I support him to 1000 percent in the same way I hope all parents would do. He has not measured well and that is sad, the important thing now is that he tackles his health and well-being," said Niklas Andersson.

"You can't talk about starting playing ice hockey now. It is much more important that he find joy and well-being in life again, which means more than anything else."

Like Lias, Niklas said he will not go into detail at this time, stating that's up to his son to do when he feels he is ready. Lias is a former seventh overall draft ppick in 2017 and expectations were high when he joined the New York Rangers. The 21-year-old is now back home in Sweden after leaving the Rangers in December. It had been reported at the time that he had requested a trade and was suspended for walking away from the team. Both Lias and Niklas say that isn't exactly true but, again, refuse to go into more detail. Andersson played 10 games with the New York Rangers this season, averaging less than 10 minutes of ice-time per match.

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Niklas Andersson played 165 games in the NHL, as well as 548 games in the Swedish Hockey League.

Meanwhile, TSN's Darren Dreger states he has contacted Andersson's agent, who apparently confirmed that his client does not suffer from depression or anxiety but is upset with his situation with the Rangers. The tweet from Dreger was met with some backlash, as you can see below.



Source: Aftonbladet
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