The Blue Jackets are officially on the road to the post-season having clinched a playoff spot with Sunday's 4-1 win over New Jersey. For a few guys on the roster, a run for the Stanley Cup is a new experience. One of those is Josh Anderson.
But Anderson is not unfamiliar with championships. While with the London Knights, he was part of two Ontario Hockey League Championship winning teams, and he played for the Memorial Cup during his three years in the Canadian Hockey League.
And of course, Anderson was part of the 2016 AHL Champion Lake Erie Monsters squad along with teammates Oliver Bjorkstrand, Lukas Sedlak, and Joonas Korpisalo.
Now, with the NHL playoffs a certainty, those other post-season experiences become something to draw from.
"In the Calder Cup playoffs, we had that first series against Rockford," Anderson said. "We were up and down in the regular season against them, and they were just a total different team in playoffs, everybody is. It's just exciting."
That doesn't mean that there aren't still new things happening around this Jackets squad for the rookie to experience. Coming to the rink there's a buzz in the air, everyone is talking about the playoffs.