Josh Anderson

by Hayden Soboleski on January 20, 2018

Josh Anderson, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-02

Weight: 220

Born: 1998-08-29

Hometown: Nanaimo, BC

Drafted: 71st overall 2016 (3rd round) by Colorado








January  2018 - Anderson continues to develop into a shutdown defenseman. His offense is minimal but brings PIMs and hits and could become a reliable third-pairing type. He was traded at the WHL trade deadline to Swift Current, fetching two 1st-round picks which speaks to how much he's valued as a defensive specialist. Stil not worth owning yet in even deep leagues. Hayden Soboleski


September 2017 - Anderson is among the first group of cuts from Avalanche training camp. He will spend the season in Prince George of the WHL. He will need to add some offense or at least dynamic puck-moving to his game to avoid being a purely shutdown defender, but that seems unlikely. Hayden Soboleski


August 2017 - The best news from 2016-17 is that Anderson finished the season with 69 games played, meaning the health watch is officially overwith. The bad news is that despite getting decent minutes and a full season with the Cougars, he put up only 11 points. He projects to be a nasty bottom-pairing defender, but the organization has no shortage of players to fill this role so he is years away from pushing for real pro status. Hayden Soboleski


December 2016 - Anderson has nearly matched his games-played total from last season, indicating that he seems to have recovered well from his season-ending back surgury in 2015-16. His offensive total is also nearly the same (an unimpressive five assists in 36GP), but he isn't vaued for his scoring. He is still a bulky defensive force that keeps opponents out of the high-scoring areas, and is currently nominated by the team on their website to name their "top unsung hero". Hayden Soboleski


June 2016 - Colorado took Josh Anderson in the 3rd round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft - higher than he was expected to go by most, but not too surprising as he rose on some lists throughout his season. This wasn't because of any hot streaks, as he finished the year with only six points in 39 games; his season ended prematurely after suffering a cracked vertebrae (through which he played before getting x-ray results). Anderson was selected as a potential reliable force in his own end, who can patrol the defensive zone and leave a mark on any opposition trying to stop him. 


Anderson doesn't require too long of a fantasy profile. He projects as a shutdown defenceman, who depending on his situation may be able to achieve modest point totals just by loggin big ice-time. His fantasy value will rely on his ability to keep landing hits and earning PIMs (so, minimal in most leagues). He is not worth being drafted in any pools this early into his development, as the 17-year-old likely has a year of junior left to play (and he wont be going straight from there to the NHL).  Hayden Soboleski


Fantasy Outlook: C-

Could be a reliable and fearsome shutdown d-man for the Avs way down the road...but fantasy hockey doesn't count bruises.





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