On paper, there’s an awful lot to like about Blue Jackets winger Josh Anderson — especially through the lens of a Bruins fan yearning from some snarl up front.
The 25-year-old winger has proven to be effective at lighting the lamp over his previous three full seasons in the NHL — averaging 21 goals per campaign since 2016. But regularly finding the back of the net is far from Anderson’s only calling card when it comes to assessing the 6-foot-3, 220-pound forward's game.
Yes, Anderson has wheels beyond what most skaters his size possess, but that doesn’t mean he’s doing his best impression of LaFleur out there on the open sheet of ice.
No, Anderson, like most power forwards, is still spending plenty of his shifts leaving welts against the opposition. Last season, over a full 82-game slate, Anderson dished out 214 hits, good for 19th overall in the NHL. (Chris Wagner ranked 11th with 247 hits).
Add in 11 fighting majors up in the NHL ranks, and Anderson checks off just about every box out there when it comes to finding a prototypical power forward that can excel in today’s faster brand of pro hockey.
So, if Anderson fits the same profile as someone like Tom Wilson — a key cog in the Capitals' postseason success over the last few seasons — why then is the Blue Jackets forward on the trading block this winter?