2010-11: Josh Anderson played in five games with the Burlington Cougars in the Ontario Junior Hockey League – spending the bulk of the season with the Burlington Eagles Midget AAA team. In five games with the Cougars, including one playoff game, he had 2 assists.
2011-12: Anderson was signed as a free agent by the OHL’s London Knights. In his first season he skated in 64 games and scored 12 goals with 10 assists and was plus-17 with 34 penalty minutes. The Knights finished with the OHL’s best record in the regular season and reached the playoff finals. In the first 16 playoff games Anderson scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was plus-3with 4 penalty minutes. Anderson was among the 105 players invited to the NHL Combine prior to the 2012 NHL Draft and was ranked 57th amongst North American Skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings (up from 161st at mid-season).
2012-13: One of three players to skate in all 68 regular season games for the London Knights in his second OHL season, Anderson scored 23 goals with 26 assists and was +10 with 77 penalty minutes. London had the league’s best record and reached the Memorial Cup after winning the playoff title. Anderson had 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-1 with 23 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games. In five games at the Memorial Cup he had 1 assist and was minus-2 with 2 penalty minutes.
2013-14: Anderson was an assistant captain for the London Knights in his third OHL season and played for the Canada U20 team in the 2014 World Juniors. He scored 27 goals with 24 assists and was +31 with 81 penalty minutes in 59 regular season games for the Knights — with 11 of his 27 goals scored on the power play. London, the Memorial Cup hosts, finished third in the Midwest Division before falling to eventual OHL champion Guelph in a second-round playoff series. Anderson scored 5 goals with 4 assists and was minus-1 with 14 penalty minutes in nine OHL playoff games. He scored 1 goal in three Memorial Cup games; finishing minus-2 with 6 penalty minutes. Anderson signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets in November 2013.
Anderson has so far shown the drive and determination to turn himself into an NHL-caliber player. Anderson has the size to eventually become a power forward at the NHL level, but he isn't simply a big body as there is also some skill in his game to go along with his solid frame. Anderson isn't afraid to go into the corners to battle for the puck and has the size to often win those battles. He also has bloodlines on his side as he is related to Frank and Peter Mahovlich, two NHL stars from the 60's and 70's.
Anderson attended training camp with the Blue Jackets before being assigned to AHL affiliate Springfield to start the 2014-15 season. In his first year of pro hockey he is playing mostly a lower line role with the Falcons while being second on the team in penalty minutes. Anderson's offensive numbers in junior hockey suggest he can have more of an offensive element to his game as he gains more experience. Long-term he projects as a second or third line power forward who plays a high impact, punishing game and can provide supplemental scoring.