Steven Anthony
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Steven Anthony

Hometown:

Halifax Nova Scotia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-03-21

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Trade with Vancouver, 2014

Weight:

205 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Steven Anthony saw limited ice time in his first QMJHL season on a high-scoring Saint John Sea Dogs team. In 55 games he scored 6 goals with 8 assists and was an even plus/minus with 38 PMs. Anthony skated in 10 of 14 playoff games as the Sea Dogs reached the third round and was -1 with 1 goal and 1 assist.

2008:09: Highly-regarded when he entered the QMJHL as a 16-year-old, Anthony assumed a larger role for Saint John and showed glimpses of his potential following the mid-season trade of leading scorer Chris DiDomenico to Drummondville. Anthony was the Sea Dogs' third leading scorer with 19 goals and 29 assists and was -19 with 47 PMs in 67 regular season games. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was an even plus/minus with 4 PMs in the playoffs as the Sea Dogs were swept in four games by Cape Breton. Ranked 184th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings, Anthony was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the seventh round (187th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.

2009-10: Anthony assumed a two-way, defensive forward role in his third season with Saint John as the Sea Dogs finished with the league's top record. Offensively, he chipped in 18 goals with 23 assists. He finished a much-improved +19 with 28 PMs as Saint John won 53 of 68 games. A groin injury limited him to just five games in the playoffs as the Sea Dogs reached the QMJHL Finals. He had no points and was -2 with 6 PMs in the post-season.

2010-11: Anthony was the fifth-leading scorer for a dominant Saint John team that rolled through the QMJHL and captured the Memorial Cup. In 61 games during the regular season Anthony scored 23 goals with 37 assists and was +35 with 23 PMs. Anthony skated in 14 playoff games, suffering a shoulder injury in Game 1 of the final series, and was +4 with 5 goals, 7 assists and 12 PMs. He played in one game at the Memorial Cup and had no points with 2 PMs.

2011-12: Signed to an entry-level contract by the Canucks in May 2011, Anthony skated for Vancouver's ECHL affiliate Kalamazoo as a 20-year-old in an injury-filled first pro season. He played in 34 games for the K-Wings, spending some time with AHL Chicago (though he did not appear in any games) and missed 20 games after suffering an injury in January. He finished with 8 goals and 12 assists and was plus-eight with 28 penalty minutes. Anthony missed the ECHL playoffs while recovering from the effects of an illegal hit to the head by the Chicago Express' Devin DiDiomete.

2012-13: Anthony returned from his concussion issues to play 41 games for the ECHL's Kalamazoo Wings – missing time in January and February due to injury. He scored 3 goals with 8 assists and was -6 with 10 penalty minutes. Kalamazoo finished four points behind Greenville for the final playoff spot.

 

Talent Analysis

More of a playmaker than a scorer, Anthony has the ability to thread a pass to wherever it needs to go, but questions abound about his work ethic.

 

Future

Will likely start the season with the Utica Comets, but the mercurial Anthony will likely split the season with Kalamazoo as well. Being able to stay healthy will go a long way in determining if he will lock up a roster spot with the Comets.

Anthony was dealt by the Vancouver Canucks along with Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias in March of 2014.

 

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