Brandon Anderson
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Brandon Anderson


Langley British Columbia

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Free agent signing, 2010


170 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D


2009-10: Brandon Anderson split time with Linden Rowat as Lethbridge’s (WHL) starting goaltender, posting a record of 12-19-2 with a bloated 3.49 goals against average and a paltry .892 save percentage. Lethbridge was overmatched in 2009-10 however, finishing with 48 points in 72 games, third-worst in the league.

2010-11: Anderson attended training camp with Washington as an 18-year-old free agent and was signed to a three-year entry-level contract in September 2010 before being returned to Lethbridge for his second WHL season. With Rowat gone he established himself as the Hurricanes’ starter, getting in 59 games, in which he registered a record of 17-26-12 to go along with an unimpressive 3.77 goals against average and a subpar .888 save percentage. Lethbridge improved in the 2010-11 season, but they were still a WHL bottom-feeder. However, Anderson had 17 of the Hurricanes’ 23 wins.

2011-12: Anderson began the year in Lethbridge in his third WHL season but appeared in just six games before being traded to Brandon in October. He struggled with the Wheat Kings sharing the goaltending duties with 18-year-old Corbin Boes. In 37 games between Brandon and Lethbridge he was 15-20 with 3 losses in overtime and finished with a 3.92 goals against and .892 save percentage.  The Wheat Kings reached the second round in the playoffs after finishing second in the West Division. Anderson’s only playoff appearance came in Brandons’ final game when he relieved  Boes in the second round series against Edmonton. He stopped 29 of 31 shots in 45 minutes of action in a 6-0 loss.

2012-13: Anderson appeared in 16 games for ECHL champion Reading in his first pro season. Part of a crowded goaltending picture for the Royals, Anderson made three starts in October but saw limited action during the NHL lockout as Philipp Grubauer saw the bulk of the action. Anderson made eight starts following the lockout and finished the season 8-6-1 with 2 shutouts. He had a 3.18 goals against and .876 save percentage. Anderson did not see any action in the Kelly Cup playoff run as minor league veteran Riley Gill saw most of the action and was backed up by Toronto prospect Mark Owuya.

2013-14: Anderson appeared in 39 regular season games for the ECHL’s Reading Royals in his second pro season — splitting the Royals’ goaltending duties with Riley Gill. He was 25-10-2 with five shutouts and had a 2.35 goals against and .916 save percentage. The Royals finished fist in the Atlantic Division before falling to Fort Wayne in a first-round playoff series. Anderson appeared in two of the five playoff games and was 0-1 with a 1.64 goals against and .947 save percentage; stopping 71 of 75 shots. 

Talent Analysis

Anderson is not a flashy goaltender, but rather employs an economy of movement style game. He tries to get himself in position and square to the shooter. The fundamentals and thinking of the game are there with Anderson as he watches the play well and seems to keep up. Physically he has a few holes. He isn’t the most athletic of goaltenders, nor does he have that strong of a lower body capable of explosive lateral movement. Anderson's style allows him to conceal his lack of raw athleticism at the lower levels of minor league hockey but those issues could hamper him against AHL and NHL scorers.


Anderson attended training camp with the Capitals before being assigned to the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays. After what appeared to be a breakthrough season last year with then-Washington ECHL affiliate Reading he has struggled to get ice time this year. With the Capitals and Boston now sharing South Carolina as an affiliate, Bruins' prospects Adam Morrison and Jeff Jakaitis have handled the bulk of the goaltending for the Stingrays. Anderson made his AHL debut in January 2015, stopping 30 of 31 shots in a 3-1 win over Norfolk in his only game with the Hershey Bears, but had appeared in just 16 ECHL games for South Carolina and on loan to the Tulsa Oilers. Long-term, he has some talent and is still just 22-years-old, but until Anderson can see more consistent ice time at the minor league level it is difficult to project him as more than a serviceable backup goaltender at the NHL level one day.

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