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Shutdown d-man that lacks fantasy upside


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April 2021 – Anderson passed through unconditional waivers earlier this season and had his ELC contract terminated by the Avalanche. He had not yet played in 2020-21 and has not joined any other pro club. He has zero fantasy value. Hayden Soboleski

September 2020 – Anderson’s second pro campaign was once again spent primarily in the ECHL. His offensive upside has never been large, so his 9 points in 26 ECHL contests and 1 point in 12 AHL contests shouldn’t be a surprise. The only fantasy value here is in hits, blocks, and PIMs, which he brought to the table in the ECHL but not yet to the AHL. The 22-year-old should not be considered fantasy-relevant until he can lock down an AHL spot with enough ice time to be a reliable peripheral stat producer. Hayden Soboleski


February 2019 – Anderson’s first pro campaign has been spent almost exclusively in the ECHL. Being deemed a non-priority in the AHL isn’t a great development (he was only given one game before being sent away), but his upside was always as a big-minute d-man and not as a talented puck-mover. Hayden Soboleski


March 2018 – Anderson has signed an ELC with the Avalanche. He still projects a as a shutdown d-man with minimal upside outside hits, blocks, and PIMs, so hold off drafting for the time being. Hayden Soboleski

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 Upside 2.0
NHL Certainty 2.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth August 29, 1998
Height 6‘2”
Weight 220 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 3; Overall: 71


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