Brandon Alderson
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Brandon Alderson

Hometown:

Oakville Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-01-22

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2013

Weight:

190 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Brandon Alderson made his OHL debut as a 17-year-old and skated in 67 games for the Sarnia Sting. He scored 13 goals with 11 assists and was -17 with 30 penalty minutes. The Sting finished last in the West Division, winning a league-low 17 games. He was ranked 154th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings but was not selected in the 2010 NHL Draft.

2010-11: Alderson skated in all 68 games for Sarnia in his second OHL season despite playing with a wrist injury that required surgery in April. He scored 11 goals with 19 assists and was -20 with 63 penalty minutes. The Sting missed the playoffs for the second straight season; finishing fourth in the West Division.

2011-12: Obtained by Sault Ste. Marie in a June 2011 trade with Sarnia, Alderson played 65 games for the Greyounds in his third OHL season. He scored 17 goals with 22 assists and was +5 with 81 penalty minutes. Sault Ste. Marie came up just short in its quest for a playoff spot; finishing one point behind Windsor for the final spot in the Western Conference.

2012-13: Alderson signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Flyers in March 2013 and made his pro debut with Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate in Adirondack following an over-age season in the OHL. He made his debut with the Phantoms in April and in nine games he had 2 assists and was an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes. Adirondack missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Northeast Division. Skating on a line with fellow Flyers prospect Nick Cousins in his second season with Sault Ste. Marie, Alderson scored 28 goals with 36 assists and was +13 with 64 penalty minutes. The Greyhounds finished second in the West Division and Alderson scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes in four games in the first playoff series of his OHL career.

2013-14: Alderson skated in 71 games for Flyers AHL affiliate Adirondack in his first pro season. He scored 14 goals with 7 assists and was minus-13 with 42 penalty minutes. Six of his 14 goals were scored on the Phantoms power play. Adirondack missed the playoffs; finishing fourth in the Northeast Division. 

2014-15: Alderson shuttled between Flyers’ AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley and the ECHL’s Reading Royals in his second pro season. He scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was -10 with 57 penalty minutes in 35 games with the Phantoms, who missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the East Division. Alderson scored 7 goals with 8 assists and was -5 with 40 penalty minutes in 35 regular season games for Reading. He skated in five ECHL playoff games and was +1 with 1 goal and 14 penalty minutes.

2015-16: Alderson skated in 18 games with the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, spending most of his third pro season with Reading in the ECHL. He scored 1 goal and was -6 with 8 penalty minutes with the Phantoms. Alderson scored 11 goals with 16 assists and had an even plus/minus with 26 penalty minutes in 41 regular season games with Reading. The Royals finished second to Manchester in the East Division, facing Toledo in a first-round series.

Talent Analysis

No part of Alderson’s game stands out and after appearing in 71 AHL games as a rookie he has spent the bulk of the past two seasons in the ECHL. He’s a physical forward who fights for the puck in gritty areas, and has seen some power play time at the lower levels.

Future

Alderson appeared in 18 AHL games with Philadelphia affiliate Lehigh Valley in 2015-16, spending most of his third professional season in the ECHL with Reading. A big, powerful forward with some modest offensive skill, his NHL potential appears limited.

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