R.J. Anderson

Hometown:

Maplewood Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1986-07-16

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

4th round (101st overall), 2004

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

Anderson, along with 2005 prospect Tom Gorowsky, led Centennial High School to a Class AA State Championship. Anderson finished first among all Minnesota high school players with 56 assists and was the top scoring defenseman with 85 points.

2006-07: This was Anderson’s second year with the University of Minnesota (WCHA). He appeared in 32 games, including 22 WCHA contests. He finished the season with six assists, four of which came in league games. He notched a career-high two assists in the 5-1 win at Minnesota State on Jan. 5. He missed six games with a shoulder injury. He was paired with David Fischer for the majority of the season.

2007-08: In Anderson’s junior year with the University of Minnesota (WCHA), the defenseman appeared in all 45 of the teams games. He totaled a career-high 12 points, scoring nine over a nine-game span from Dec. 8 – Jan. 19. He ranked second on the team with a +7 rating. He scored his first career goal in his 71st career game played in a win over Michigan on Oct. 13. He was paired with Kevin Wehrs for the majority of the season.
 

Talent Analysis

Anderson can log a ton of minutes, performs exceeding well on breakouts and compares favorably to Calgary defenseman Jordan Leopold at the same age.

A league coach had this to say about Anderson: “RJ provides so much offense with his great vision and tremendous puck skills. He is one of the defensemen that college people and pro scouts like because he moves the puck well and can jump into the rush. He’s a guy who will be able to quarterback a power play since he uses his teammates well and shoots the puck plenty heavy. I don’t think he has a lot of weakness, but he will of course have to get stronger like any young kid.”