Jake Sanderson

2020 NHL Draft

Fantasy Summary

A smart, reliable defenseman who moves the puck well. He skates well, makes smart plays and keeps a good gap defensively. Sanderson has second power-play potential with a good shot.

Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth July 8, 2002
Height 6‘1”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted No


January 2020 – Jake Sanderson is the top defenseman on the USNTDP-U18 team this year. While he is still fairly raw, he flashes everything you want to see in a modern-day blueliner. He skates well and doesn’t exhaust a lot of energy doing so. He is smooth in his transitions and his edge-work is above average. His gap control is inconsistent but it has improved over the course of the season. He is engaging at the blueline far more often and with his high skill level, it often leads to quick breakout passes that catch the opposition off guard. When the play gets hemmed into his zone, his defensive position breaks down at times and he can sometimes be found puck chasing. His effort is there, he just needs some refinement in that area.

When he regains possession in his zone, he is able to break the puck out with a solid first pass. He moves the puck crisply and efficiently, finding the open forward as the team moves up the ice. He does an excellent job of picking his spots and joining the rush. His mobility allows him to get back on defense when he joins the attack but can be burned from time to time. He has a good one-time shot from the blueline, particularly on the power play where he is able to creep in and find open space. His distribution in the offensive zone is solid, as he doesn’t shy away from skating down the wall with the puck in order to draw defenders before finding a teammate in open space. He is a solid bet to be a complementary defenseman, but his tools could take him further should he be able to pull it all together. Tony Ferrari


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 NWCAA Stamps Bantam AA HCBAA 22 2 8 10 10 |          
  Calgary Flames Bantam AAA AMBHL 2 1 0 1 0 |          
 2016-2017 Calgary Flames Bantam AAA AMBHL 29 5 13 18 26 | Playoffs 5 3 2 5
  Team South Alberta Cup 2 1 0 1 0 |          
 2017-2018 Edge School Elite 15s CSSHL E15 32 16 27 43 26 | Playoffs 3 1 2 3
  Team Alberta WHL Cup 5 1 2 3 0 |          
  Edge School Prep CSSHL 2 0 0 0 0 |          
 2018-2019 U.S. National U17 Team USDP 44 4 20 24 18 |          
  USNTDP Juniors USHL 22 2 5 7 0 | Playoffs 2 0 1 1
  USA U17 WHC-17 5 0 1 1 0 |          
 2019-2020 U.S. National U18 Team USDP 43 7 19 26 10 |          
  USNTDP Juniors USHL 16 2 9 11 8 |          
 2021-2022 Univ. of North Dakota NCAA - - - - - |