DRAFT CENTRAL: Anderson: "It's An Unbelievable Feeling"

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 2:20 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Draft Central


ANDERSON THRILLED TO BE DRAFTED BY COLUMBUS: We just spoke with Blue Jackets fourth-round pick Josh Anderson, a strong young forward out of the London Knights organization in the OHL. He couldn't have been more excited, and after a strong first season in major junior hockey, he said that he has set goals for himself as he moves into the sophomore campaign.

In 2011-12, Anderson tallied 12 goals and 22 points in 64 games with Knights. He carried a +17 rating and regularly played against opposing teams' top players. He's considered to be a two-way player that can check and score goals, and that's exactly what he wants to do more of next year. Anderson scored five points in 19 playoff games as the Knights won the OHL championship, before eventually losing to Shawinigan in the Memorial Cup final.

Here's what Anderson told BlueJackets.com after being picked:

On his feelings after being drafted:
"It's great. This is an unbelievable feeling...I'm so happy to be part of this organization. I talked to the Blue Jackets during the Combine and I knew they liked me then, but I had no idea they would be picking me today. It was a total surprise, but it's awesome."

On the kind of player he is/what style he plays:

"I'm a strong two-way player, and I'm real committed to playing hard at both ends of the rink. I consider myself an unselfish player, and I'll do whatever it takes to help my team win games. I block shots, take a hit to make a play and get the puck out...anything that helps the team, I'll do it."

On his goals for next year:
"I want to work on my creativity with the puck. I think that's something I can get better at and I'm going to work really hard at it. My goal is to score 80 points with the London Knights next year and I think I can do that. I like the way Rick Nash plays the game -- I want to be more like that and model my game after his."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Johansen 82 33 30 3 63
J. Wisniewski 75 7 44 0 51
B. Dubinsky 76 16 34 5 50
C. Atkinson 79 21 19 -4 40
A. Anisimov 81 22 17 -2 39
N. Foligno 70 18 21 5 39
R. Umberger 74 18 16 -3 34
M. Letestu 82 12 22 1 34
J. Johnson 82 5 28 -7 33
B. Jenner 72 16 13 6 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 32 20 5 .923 2.38
C. McElhinney 10 11 1 .909 2.70
 
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