This guy was last year's fourth round pick and is someone we should really have on our radar. It was a total surprise that he was invited to world juniors this year for CANADA (aka a team that could possibly contend with the current Buffalo Sabres). Furthermore he actually made the team. At 6'0 200 pounds he is a bruiser to say the least. Anderson has long been a defensively responsible forward (at a +17 , +10, +31 the last three years in juniors respectively). He will jaw and get the battle going with anyone and finish them off if they dare accept the challenge. I refer you to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CC9omX1eiI Anderson giving the beat down to the next number one overall pick Aaron Ekblad.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9Z4HAVNbx4 I saved the best for last, about a 5 second knockout.
Imagine those fists of fury tenderizing Rick Nash's stupid face. Mr. Anderson can bruise and last year had 27 G 24 A. I think his game is really starting to rise and I'll just say this: I love Jared Boll and think he deserves his own statue out front of nationwide but this man can could really contribute some offense and serve the same purpose. I've really enjoyed the last couple days reading about everyone in our farm system. Besides all the obvious ones, I'm most stoked to see this guy on the ice a year or two from now. Really seems like our front office is getting it together. And P.S. Holy shit we have Scott Hartnell now! I had such a mixed mood about it earlier but all in all he's a guy you'd rather have on your side than playing against you. I think having a good veteran banger who's tough as nails and has way more offensive upside than RJ Hamburglar is always a good move.
I'd still like to say in closing, for all the crap I've given RJ over the years he was also tough as nails and almost never missed a game as a Blue Jacket. I do also seem to recall an amazing clutch breakaway goal earlier this year. It wasn't all bad by a long stretch. At 4.75 Million a year though... I'm afraid this is goodbye ole number 18, may your number get snatched up by someone worthy.