Bruising Anthony Stewart has always had questions as to whether he could score enough to warrant a full-time job on a scoring line in the NHL. He had a 2004 WJC in which he tied for the tournament lead in points with 5 goals and 6 assists against the best the world had to offer in his age group, laying those questions partially to rest.
1st round (#25 overall), 2003 by Florida
2004-05: Stewart’s stock dropped somewhat when he failed to build on his strong play from the previous year. At the 2004 World Juniors, Stewart had 11 points in a standout performance, while in 2005 he only managed three goals and an assist. In his final season as leader of the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, Stewart led the team in scoring with 67 points in 62 games but failed to best the 70 points he collected in 2002-03. After Kingston failed to make the playoffs, Stewart played ten games in the AHL for San Antonio and had a goal, two assists and a +1 rating. Although his development seemed to slow this season, Stewart is strong in physique and brings more to the table than just scoring.
2005-06: Due to injury, Stewart only appeared in four games with the Americans, in what should have been his first full professional season. During those four games he scored a total five points (2 goals, 3 assists). He earned his first recall and appeared in 10 NHL games for the Panthers with a total 3 points.
2006-07: Stewart played in 62 games with Rochester and totaled 27 points and 64 penalty minutes. He earned another recall to Florida for a total 10 games between the months of November and January seeing minimal ice time, and his only point was an assist in a January 20th match against the Washington Capitals.
2007-08: Stewart bounced between the Rochester and Florida. He had serviceable numbers in the AHL again this season: 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points. Stewart’s issue has not been AHL scoring, however, it’s been NHL scoring. Stewart has 26 games for the Panthers over the course of the year, but posted only one assist.
Stewart skates well and hits anything that moves. Almost impossible to move from in front of the net, he has a shot that that is not only heavy but accurate. Has been criticized for his work ethic.
Won't likely be a scorer, but could be a checker.
Stewart was dealt to the Los Angeles Kings in a deal that brought Kevin Westgarth to the Carolina Hurricanes.