ANDERSON THRILLED TO BE DRAFTED BY COLUMBUS: We just spoke with Blue Jackets fourth-round pick Josh Anderson, a strong young forward out of the London Knights organization in the OHL. He couldn't have been more excited, and after a strong first season in major junior hockey, he said that he has set goals for himself as he moves into the sophomore campaign.
In 2011-12, Anderson tallied 12 goals and 22 points in 64 games with Knights. He carried a +17 rating and regularly played against opposing teams' top players. He's considered to be a two-way player that can check and score goals, and that's exactly what he wants to do more of next year. Anderson scored five points in 19 playoff games as the Knights won the OHL championship, before eventually losing to Shawinigan in the Memorial Cup final.
Here's what Anderson told BlueJackets.com after being picked:
On his feelings after being drafted:
"It's great. This is an unbelievable feeling...I'm so happy to be part of this organization. I talked to the Blue Jackets during the Combine and I knew they liked me then, but I had no idea they would be picking me today. It was a total surprise, but it's awesome."
On the kind of player he is/what style he plays:
"I'm a strong two-way player, and I'm real committed to playing hard at both ends of the rink. I consider myself an unselfish player, and I'll do whatever it takes to help my team win games. I block shots, take a hit to make a play and get the puck out...anything that helps the team, I'll do it."
On his goals for next year:
"I want to work on my creativity with the puck. I think that's something I can get better at and I'm going to work really hard at it. My goal is to score 80 points with the London Knights next year and I think I can do that. I like the way Rick Nash plays the game -- I want to be more like that and model my game after his."