San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has recalled goaltender J.P. Anderson
from the Mississauga St. Michael Majors of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
Anderson was able to practice with his Sharks teammates at the Saturday morning skate.
“Right now I just want to learn as much as I can and take in the experience,” Anderson said. “Just be there in case anything happens and back up.”
The junior player found out yesterday he would be making a flight to California.
“I had no clue,” Anderson said of his thoughts. “I had a game a couple of nights ago and went to get prepared the next morning and talked with Wayne Thomas. I was pretty excited to find out.”
Anderson, 18, has appeared in 30 games this season with Mississauga, posting an impressive 22-5-0-1 record along with a .915 save percentage and a 2.29 goals-against average, which ranks second in the OHL.
Signed by San Jose as a free agent on Sept. 20, 2010, Anderson appeared in two of San Jose’s three games during the YoungStars Tournament in Penticton, B.C. from Sept. 12-16 and posted a 2-0 record, a 2.00 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage.
Anderson's junior club has high hopes for the season as the Sharks do.
"We have a good team and we picked up a couple of guys at the deadline," Anderson said. "We hope to make a run."
The Sharks have played two of their most undisciplined games this season against Minnesota and they hope to be more on top of things Saturday.
"This is the team we spent the most time against in the penalty box this year," Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan said. "Fouteen times in two games and their power play is one of the (best) in the league."
San Jose's three-game winning streak has been party due to increased offensive production, but Dan Boyle
says it's something else the men up front are doing.
"The forwards have done a great job of being a little more responsible," Boyle said. "You talk about the high guy in hockey and we have that. It has allowed us to play in the other team's zone a little more. Credit the forwards for being more responsible defensively and creating some offense too."