Lindsay Kramer | NHL.com Correspondent | May 19, 2008
Little Number: #28 Position: Center Born: 11/12/1987 Birthplace: Edmonton, AB Height: 5'11" Weight: 190 lbs. Shoots: Right
Slipping into Anderson's racehorse offense was a shot of adrenaline. Little already had the speed and wrist shot to give any defense the shivers. He clearly knows his way around the offensive zone, tallying 342 points in 247 career games with the Barrie Colts of the OHL.
Getting a little whiff of AHL success – nine goals and 16 assists in 34 games with Chicago – nurtured his blossoming aggressiveness.
"That's what makes him an elite player at this level. Down low, he's a battler," Anderson said. "If he's checking, he's checking. It's not just token checking. He has a ton of offensive ability. He knew he was going to be in an offensive role for us."
Anderson wouldn't have it any other way. It might have been easy to hide his budding star well behind the team's otherworldly top line of Darren Hayder, Brett Sterling and league MVP Jason Krog.
Nope. Anderson put Little between Joe Motzko and Jesse Shultz to create a No. 2 line that was better than just about every other team's top trio.
"I want pressure to be on him," Anderson said. "That's the thought process of him being down here. If you're not an impact player in the American Hockey League, how are you going to make it in the NHL?"
Nice article on Little - and on his coach Anderson. Maybe both will be in Atlanta next season.