Aneloski is the newest overage draft pick in the Murray regime following the likes of Zack Smith, Corey Cowick, Chris Wideman, Michael Sdao, Mark Borowiecki and Brad Peltz.
The guy put up 15 goals, and 54 points in 60 games for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders in the USHL, a league that's very tough to put up big numbers in. He led all Roughriders defensemen in points, with the next closest being Mac Bennett (Canadiens prospect) with 24 points. He led the entire league in defensive scoring, with the closest having 41 points. He's got good size at 6'2, 205lbs and is teammates with Jeff Costello, who himself had a pretty good year with 29 goals.
The potential is there, look at the previous few years of high scoring defenseman in the USHL. Matt Donovan led the league in defensive scoring in 08/09 with 51 points in 59 games. He went on to have a very respectable season for Denver and is considered a top 10 prospect in a very stacked prospect pool belonging to the Islanders (FYI he was voted 7th, ahead of Brock Nelson). In the same year John Moore put up 39 points in 57 games, he went on to star for the Kitchner Rangers, and is thought to be a better prospect than recently drafted 4th overall pick Ryan Johansen for the Blue Jackets.
One year back and Blake Kessel, another NYI prospect led the league in defensive scoring with 57 points in 59 games. He started off slowly getting 13 points in 37 games for New Hampshire, but the next season broke out for 10 goals, 38 points in the 38 games. Highly touted defenseman John Carlson went from 43P in 59GP in the USHL to 76P in 59GP in the OHL, to 39P in 48GP in the AHL and is now a top prospect in the game.Look another year back and the leading scoring was Colby Cohen, who now has 62 points in 81 games in his past two seasons for Boston College.
If you compare the players listed, you'll see Aneloski fits right in.
Year + Age
Closest D in USHL scoring
Closest D on team scoring
Cedar Rapids Roughriders
Cedar Rapids Roughriders
Although he's 20 while most others were only 18 or 19, it's still a very, very impressive season, even compared to toasts of the league in other years. Even more impressive is his jump in points from 08/09 to 09/10.
Previous 3 USHL seasons:
2007-08 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 59 8 9 17
2008-09 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 38 4 8 12
2009-10 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 60 15 39 54
That's an insane development curve. It might take him a year to get used to the NCAA game like it has for Kessel, Cohen, and Donovan, but he could break out huge in 11/12 if all goes well. Very good choice in the 7th round
Just for fun, compare his stats to Patrick Wiercioch coming out of the USHL.
I'm very interested to see how this guy develops. The fact that he's going the college route and is to be coached by Dean Blais raises his stock. His numbers were pretty crazy in the USHL and that league is becoming very competitive.
He's your typical late bloomer. Hopefully it carries over to his second stint in the NCAA. Murray's staff seems to have an eye for these over agers.
Glad someone brought this attention to the sens board. His development this year has really excited me, although he is 20 years of age. Ideally he plays 1 or 2 season in college, and then makes the jump to the AHL. He already has a good stature.
His offensive abilities are evident from his stats and by comparing him with other player stats. But what are some of his weaknesses, I've never seen him play