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.
Anderson, physically speaking, has been an overachiever to make it this far in the game. At 5’11, his size is a detriment and he is not the type of overly-athletic smaller goaltender than can thrive on the NHL level. Anderson brings quality fundamentals and a strong mind for the game to the table, but those things can only carry a netminder so far before the lack of athleticism becomes an issue.
Anderson split time between the South Carolina Stingrays and the Tulsa Oilers of the ECHL in 2014-15 while also receiving one start with Hershey of the AHL. Given the glut of talent in net for the Capitals both at the NHL level and in their developmental system, as well as the low ceiling of Anderson, he should spend the entirety of 2015-16 in the ECHL with a spot start or two available in Hershey. From there, Anderson will likely finish out his entry-level deal and move on to other opportunities.