A cerebral, steady presence on the blueline. Owns strong skating and outlets. Knows when to engage. A potential minute-muncher at the next level.
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June 2020 – Sanderson watched his stock rise dramatically throughout the season. His play in the defensive end has always been sturdy. He knows when to lean on an opponent and when to draw back and use a good stick. But what really began to rear up was his transitional play. As the confidence built, so did the shifty turnbacks and acceleration to shake pressure. The deep outlets. The well-timed pinches and rushes. While Sanderson still does not project as an elite producing rearguard, his blend of two-way ability and rocketing developmental curve will have many teams lining up on draft day. He owns some multicategory upside as well. Cam Robinson
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
|2015-2016||NWCAA Stamps U15 AA||HCBAA||22||2||8||10||10||||
|Calgary Flames U15 AAA||AEHL U15||2||1||0||1||0||||
|2016-2017||Calgary Flames U15 AAA||AEHL U15||29||5||13||18||26|||||Playoffs||5||3||2||5||0|
|Team South||Alberta Cup||2||1||0||1||0||||
|2017-2018||Edge School Elite 15s||CSSHL U16||32||16||27||43||26|||||Playoffs||3||1||2||3||6|
|Team Alberta||WHL Cup||5||1||2||3||0||||
|Edge School Prep||CSSHL U18||2||0||0||0||0||||
|2018-2019||U.S. National U17 Team||USDP||44||4||20||24||18||||
|2019-2020||U.S. National U18 Team||USDP||47||7||22||29||12||||
|2020-2021||Univ. of North Dakota||NCAA||-||-||-||-||-||||