Brantford Bandits rookie forward Brenden Anderson has continued to open eyes with his strong play.
Making that jump to Junior ‘A’ hockey, Anderson has proven to be an offensive threat scoring five goals and 12 points in only 23 games along with 38 minutes in penalties.
“Brenden reminds me of a Couturier or Stall type of player,” Bandits assistant coach Andrew J. Randazzo said. “He is big, able to skate and has offensive ability that allow us as a coaching staff to use him in all types of situations from five on five to the power play. He is a constant threat when he has the puck in the offensive zone.”
Displaying his offensive gifts Anderson made his presence known when on Saturday, November 16th he thrilled the Brantford Civic Center home fans by scoring with under two minutes remaining the equalizer in what was an eventual 4-3 win against Brampton.
“It’s different than minor hockey,” Anderson said about playing junior. “There are longer periods.”
When asked about his strengths Anderson never hesitated before saying, “Shooting the puck and using my body.”
Brantford didn’t have a lot of time to celebrate the win as they were back in action at home the next night where they dropped a 7-0 decision against Cambridge.
“We have to keep the goals down and help our goalie out some more,” Anderson said.
In terms of assessing Anderson’s overall game and his long term potential, Randazzo stated, “Being his first year as a junior player he needs to learn how to be consistent every night and every shift. He has the skill he just needs to learn the game between his ears.” Randazzo went on to add, “He has all the skill to move on to the next level and be a factor for whoever he is playing for.”