Edinburgh Capitals have signed 26 year old forward Dylan Anderson on a 2 year contract which will see the player combine his time with the club with his studies at Heriot Watt University.
Anderon comes highly recommended by current Capital Mike Cazzola who spent 4 years from 2012 to 2016 playing alongside him at Acadia University in the CIS.
The 6’1” forward can play either as a winger or centre and is a strong two way forward who is noted for being an excellent penalty killer. He is also a face off specialist, an often under rated element of the game.
Anderson development as a player saw him drafted in to the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2008 as a 17 year old by the Ottawa 67's. In a junior career that saw the player ice in the OHL and Quebec Minor Hockey League he played for the likes of the 67’s, Gloucester Rangers, Montreal Juniors and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada before turning to College Hockey in season 2012-13.
From 2012-2016 Anderson attended Acadia University and iced 162 times in the CIS during which time he scored 68 points for a 0.42PPG average (a similar total PPG to Taylor MacDougall during his time in the league).
All four seasons were played on a roster that included current Capital Mike Cazzola and he commented “Dylan Anderson is a very gritty player who will be a great penalty killer. He’s very reliable defensively and is a very good player to have on the team at face offs. He will be a very good energy player for the Capitals and can also put the puck in the net.”
From a player who has played against Anderson, Michael D’Orazio another current Capital said “I know Dylan from my time playing against him. He is a hard player to play against, he protects the puck well and he competes for everything. He is a defencemans nightmare around the net”
Anderson shared his thoughts on signing for the Capitals "I have heard amazing things about the city and people of Edinburgh and I am thrilled to get the chance to come here and play with great players like Cazzola and D'Orazio. In terms of what I'll bring to the club, well my coaches have said I'm a big skating two way centre who is very reliable in all 3 zones. They call players like me glue guys for being part of the leadership, having a strong work ethic and contributing to a winning culture in many ways that don't show up on the stat sheet."