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: With Rowat gone, Anderson established himself as Lethbridge’s 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 did notch 17 of their 23 wins on the season.
2011-12: Anderson began the year in Lethbridge in his fourth 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.
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 most times which is commendable. The fundamentals and thinking of the game are there with Anderson as he watches the play well and seems to keep up. However 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. With his style he wouldn’t need it necessarily but if the occasion were to come upon him to use raw athleticism for a save he would struggle.
Anderson is still very raw, but the Capitals see potential in him and he will be given plenty of time to develop in the ECHL and in Hershey (AHL). Down the road, he could be a serviceable backup goaltender, but he has a long way to go.