Josh Anderson
Josh Anderson
27-Year-Old Right WingRW
Montreal Canadiens
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Anderson's first year in Montreal was a tale of two seasons. He started very quickly, posting nine goals and 11 points through his first 13 games with his new club. It was all downhill from there. In Anderson's final 33 games, he managed just five goals and six points. Anderson was also no better (5 goals, 6 points) in 22 postseason contests. He's going to have peaks and valleys because he isn't a natural point producer, and he'll be nearly impossible for fantasy managers to use if he keeps up that level of inconsistency. It's likely safe to mark Anderson down for 20 goals and 100-plus hits this coming year, but that's about it. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $38.5 million contract with the Canadiens in October of 2020.
Avoids sweep with OT winner
RWMontreal Canadiens
July 5, 2021
Anderson scored twice, with his second goal handing the Lightning a 3-2 overtime loss in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday.
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Anderson really made his modest 13:16 of ice time count in this one, lifting the Canadiens to their first win of the series. The pair of tallies snapped a four-game point drought for the 27-year-old, who now has just six points (five of which have been goals) in 21 postseason games.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:25
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:54
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:05
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
17:01
1:22
1:20
2019–20
16:04
1:44
1:38
2020–21
16:25
1:54
0:05
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Anderson broke out to the tune of 27 goals, 20 assists, 230 shots on goal and 214 hits in 82 games with the Blue Jackets in 2018-19, but he was limited to just 26 games with Columbus due to a shoulder injury last season, and he struggled mightily when in the lineup, finishing the campaign with a measly one goal and three assists. The Canadiens clearly believe the 26-year-old winger is capable of returning to the form he displayed during his breakout year, as they dealt Max Domi to the Jackets in exchange for Anderson this offseason, and then signed him to a seven-year, $38.5 million extension shortly thereafter. The 6-foot-3 power forward is expected to be deployed on Montreal's second line and second power-play unit in 2020-21. If he's able to get back to producing at a 20-plus goal, 40-plus point pace, he'll be a valuable fantasy asset, particularly in formats that reward his substantial hit totals. Still, virtual managers shouldn't invest anything more than a late-round pick in Anderson due to the high level of uncertainty surrounding him heading into the upcoming campaign.
The 25-year-old power forward played a full 82-game schedule for the first time in his career last season, and strong production followed. Anderson set career highs in goals (27), points (47), plus-minus (plus-25), shots (230) and hits (214), and the front office's decision to protect him over William Karlsson in the Vegas expansion draft now looks a lot more palatable. Anderson may just be scratching the surface of his potential, too. His blend of size, speed and aggression makes him a fit off the wing on any scoring line, and there will be plenty of opportunities in Columbus after all their offseason losses in free agency. Last year's scoring came with minimal power-play time; if Anderson can earn a regular spot with the man advantage, his production could take another leap.
The Blue Jackets' front office took some flak for the decision to sacrifice William Karlsson to the Golden Knights in the expansion draft in order to protect Anderson given Karlsson's breakout, but the move may look a little more reasonable in the long run. The 24-year-old power forward had 18 goals and 29 points in 61 games prior to suffering a knee injury that ended up costing him 17 games down the stretch, supplying a physical edge up front that an aging Brandon Dubinsky had trouble providing. The Jackets' depth on the wing could keep Anderson in a third-line role in 2018-19, and as of yet he hasn't received a lot of power-play time, so a breakout of his own could be unlikely. Nonetheless, as the veterans on the roster move on, he figures to fill a key top-six role down the road.
The young power forward took a big step forward in his development last year, playing a full NHL season for the first time and scoring 17 goals despite a lack of power-play opportunities or a top-six role. Also, the Blue Jackets front office consider Anderson an important enough building block that they sent a first-round pick to Las Vegas to keep him from being selected in the expansion draft. While it’s tough to see the 23-year-old moving up the depth chart any time soon given the talent Columbus possesses on the wings, Anderson could help make the team’s third line one of the most dangerous in the NHL if he continues to improve in 2017-18.
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Team high in hits
RWMontreal Canadiens
June 28, 2021
Anderson provided eight hits, two shots and one block in Monday night's 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
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Notches helper
RWMontreal Canadiens
June 22, 2021
Anderson registered an assist and two hits in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Golden Knights in Game 5.
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Comes up clutch with two goals
RWMontreal Canadiens
June 18, 2021
Anderson scored twice on four shots and added five hits in Friday's 3-2 overtime win over the Golden Knights in Game 3.
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Opens scoring in win
RWMontreal Canadiens
May 20, 2021
Anderson scored a goal on four shots and added three hits in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Maple Leafs in Game 1.
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Practices without issues
RWMontreal Canadiens
May 16, 2021
Anderson (undisclosed) participated in Sunday's practice, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports.
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