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Fantasy Summary

A cerebral, steady presence on the blueline. Owns strong skating and outlets. Knows when to engage. A potential minute-muncher at the next level.


Observations

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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

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 9.0
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

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 NWCAA Stamps U15 AAHCBAA22 2 810 10|        
  Calgary Flames U15 AAAAEHL U152 1 01 0|        
 2016-2017 Calgary Flames U15 AAAAEHL U1529 5 1318 26|Playoffs5 3 25
  Team South Alberta Cup2 1 01 0|        
 2017-2018 Edge School Elite 15sCSSHL U1632 16 2743 26|Playoffs3 1 23
  Team Alberta WHL Cup5 1 23 0|        
  Edge School PrepCSSHL U182 0 00 0|        
 2018-2019 U.S. National U17 TeamUSDP44 4 2024 18|        
  USNTDP JuniorsUSHL22 2 57 0|Playoffs2 0 11
  USA U17WHC-175 0 11 0|        
 2019-2020 U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP47 7 2229 12|        
  USNTDP JuniorsUSHL19 2 1214 8|        
 2020-2021 Univ. of North DakotaNCAA- - -- -|        

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