Draft Class Deep Dive: LHD Jake Sanderson

Tony Ferrari


Jake Sanderson of the U.S. NTDP skates up ice against Notre Dame. Courtesy of NHL.com


When the season began last fall, the U.S. National Team Development Program U18 team had a lot of question marks scattered across the roster. Depending on who you asked, players such as Thomas Bordeleau, Ty Smilanic, and Tyler Kleven were all players who had the potential to be selected in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft. Jake Sanderson was another name that seemed to have a shot but the defender was young for the draft class and showed a very raw toolset last season playing for the U.S. NTDP U17 team. Fast-forward to March 2020, a pandemic hits and shuts the season down as Sanderson was beginning his ascent into the top-ten on most draft boards.


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Sanderson’s season was on the rise from about January on and his play seemed to really hit its stride coming out of the Biosteel All-American game where the prospect world seemed to take notice. He was able to show off his skating, offensive game, and defensive game in one marquee event. The player that came into the year with a fairly raw toolset finally had the opportunity to show that his tools had matured and become much more refined in the first few months of the season. Jake Sanderson began to work his way to the forefront of the convers