Josh Anderson

Aaron Vickers

Anderson is the definition of a solid, if unspectacular, defenseman. He is a feisty, responsible defender whose game is predicated on a smooth strong stride, fluid crossover work and long wingspan. He keeps a tight gap and excels at plugging up the neutral zone. He shows a willingness to throw his body around and muscle opposition out of dangerous areas, protecting his net. He will make smaller forwards pay a price for going into the trench with him, but he can also back up his play when confronted by larger opposition. Defensively, he plays tough in the corners and throws his weight around to separate pucks from opponents. His four-way mobility allows him to keep up with the quicker forwards. Anderson’s decision-making is simply average as he struggles to execute while under pressure and his passing accuracy is off the mark at times. He has a booming point shot, but it is also not always on target. He is fine when he activates himself in the transition game between the blue lines, showing the poise and confidence to try and make a man miss and push the rush up ice. When he plays within himself, making simple plays and not trying to extend himself too much, and playing a strong, yet simple, defensive game, Anderson will have a future in the pro game.   (May 2016)