The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors have been one of the top teams in the CHL all season long. Management had put together a strong core of both forwards and defensemen prior to the beginning of the 2010-11 season, but it has been J.P. Anderson, in his third year with the club, that has been perhaps most important to the Majors’ success. Anderson finished the season with a 38-10-1 record to go along with a 2.36 goals against average and a .911 save percentage, and while finishing the season strong in March helped his bid for Prospect of the Month, it has been his playoff performance that has earned him the honor. After giving up a goal in his first game of a best-of-seven series against Belleville, Anderson went on to record three straight shutouts to help bounce the Bulls from the playoffs in four straight games.
It has been a banner year for Anderson; despite going undrafted, he chose to sign a contract with the San Jose Sharks earlier this season, he has been named CHL goaltender of the week on three separate occasions, and if his play in the first round of the playoffs is any indication, his Majors appear headed to a birth in the OHL finals – not to mention, as the host team, they receive a selection in the Memorial Cup regardless of playoff standing.
He was a final cut for the 2011 Canadian World Juniors; however, still eighteen until the end of April, Anderson is eligible to play for team Canada again next year, and judging from his strong play to end the season and an impressive playoff run to date, he’s certainly the early favorite to stand between the pipes on the national stage next year in Alberta.