Sam Anas

Hometown:

Potomac Maryland

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-06-01

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-8

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2016

Weight:

160 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Sam Anas skated for the Team Maryland U18 midget major team. He scored 13 goals with 14 assists and 10 penalty minutes in 29 games. 

2010-11: Anas played for the Washington Little Caps in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League and skated with the DC Capitals U18 team in the NAPHL. He scored 20 goals with 21 assists and 4 penalty minutes in 19 games with the Little Caps. Anas scored 18 goals with 23 assists and 4 penalty minutes in 25 regular season games for the DC Capitals and scored 3 goals with 3 assists in five playoff games. In January 2011 he committed to attending Quinnipiac University in 2013-14. The Youngstown Phantoms selected Anas in the second round (22nd overall) in the 2011 USHL Entry Draft. 

2011-12: Anas skated in 51 of 60 regular season games for the Youngstown Phantoms in his first USHL season. He scored 17 goals with 17 assists and was +6 with 14 penalty minutes. Youngstown finished fourth in the Eastern Conference, sweeping Cedar Rapids in a preliminary series before falling to eventual Clark Cup champion Green Bay in the quarterfinals. Anas had 4 assists and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes in six playoff games. 

2012-13: Anas tied Dubuque’s Michael Szmatula for second in the USHL with 37 goals — one behind Waterloo’s Taylor Cammarata (NYI) — in his second season with Youngstown. He had 26 assists and was +7 with 18 penalty minutes in 64 games. The Phantoms finished third in the Eastern Conference, defeating Green Bay before falling to eventual champion Dubuque. Anas scored 3 goals with 9 assists and was -7 with 6 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. 

2013-14: Anas led Quinnipiac University in scoring as a freshman. Skating on the Bobcats’ top line with twin brothers Connor and Kellen Jones, he scored 22 goals with 21 assists and was +9 with 14 penalty minutes in 40 games. Quinnipiac finished third in ECAC Hockey and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after losing in double overtime to Colgate in the conference semifinals. Providence topped Quinnipiac, 4-0 in an NCAA East Regional semifinal game.

2014-15: Anas led the Bobcats in scoring for the second straight season in his sophomore year at Quinnipiac. With the Jones brothers having graduated he frequently skated with junior center Travis St. Denis and a variety of right wings. Anas scored 23 goals with 16 assists and was -1 with 20 penalty minutes. Nine of his 23 goals came on the Bobcats power play. Quinnipiac finished first in ECAC Hockey in the regular season, receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA West Regional after a 5-2 loss to Harvard in the conference tournament semifinals. The Bobcats lost to North Dakota, 4-1, in the West Regional semifinals. 

2015-16: Anas signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild in April 2016 following his junior season at Quinnipiac. Leading the Bobcats in scoring for the third straight season, he scored 24 goals with 26 assists and was +16 with 18 penalty minutes. The Bobcats finished first in ECAC Hockey and captured the league’s playoff title, defeating Harvard, 4-1, in the title game. Anas suffered an upper-body early in the ECAC championship game against Harvard, missing the rest of that game, but played a week later in the NCAA East Regional. He had an assist on the power play in the Bobcats’ 4-0 win over RIT in the semifinals and scored a goal against Massachusetts-Lowell in a 4-0 win in the regional championship game. Anas was limited at the Frozen Four and did not have any points as Quinnipiac defeated Boston College (3-2) before falling to North Dakota, 5-1, in the championship game.

Talent Analysis

Anas is a small but offensively gifted forward. A consistent scorer at the NCAA level, he will be challenged in pro hockey due to his lack of bulk but there are few players tougher than Anas, who played through a painful shoulder injury in the 2015-16 post-season with Quinnipiac.

Future

Anas was the leading scorer for Quinnipiac University in 2015-16 as a junior. He signed an entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild following the season, foregoing his final year of college eligibility. A gifted playmaker who makes the teammates around him better, his size will be a challenge at the pro level. Barring a surprise in training camp, Anas will likely spend time in the AHL before cracking the lineup with the Wild.

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