By/ Guntas Romana Silvertips Staff Writer
THE PLAYER: Dylan Anderson came aboard as a defenseman prospect with the Silvertips from the 2017 WHL Draft. He was recalled this year from Yale Hockey Academy (CSSHL) and placed on the roster officially as an affiliated player. This 17-year old looks to grow and develop with the Silvertips organization this upcoming season.
THE NUMBERS. Anderson made his debut in 2017-18 with two penalty minutes in one game. He also appeared in one game with the Tips this season and added an assist in three games with the Vernon Vipers (BCHL).
THE HIGHS: “The sky’s the limit with Dylan,” said Silvertips former director of player personnel Bil La Forge, shortly after Anderson was drafted by the Tips. “When you possess high end skill at his age, the possibilities with his development are massive.”
FROM THE GUY, HIMSELF.
HOW HE EVOLVED: “It was definitely tough leaving their last year, but this year at Yale I really got to develop and got a lot of ice time. This off-season … really big for getting stronger and faster and hopefully I can stay there for good next year and show the coaches what I can do in that league there.”
HIS BEST GAME OF THE YEAR: [The] “First round game of the playoff s- I had two assists… we actually upset one of their better team ranked hockey academy and we won 6-5, I got the assist on the game winning goal with four seconds left. I had a really good game.”
WHAT HE’S WORKING ON NEXT YEAR: “Definitely going to the gym… train every day. I’m training with Ian Gallagher and Jordan Mackenzie out in Delta [British Columbia] and they’re really good… they seem to get me in peak shape and hopefully I can come to camp and show how good of shape I am and coaches will definitely recognize that.”
IMPACT: “Definitely being just a simple hockey player coming in as a 17-year old being my first year. Being simple and being confident- obviously I’m going to make a mistake but trying to play simple and do the right thing and jump up [and] do my best.”
PUTTING ON A SILVERTIPS JERSEY? “It was pretty nervous putting it on for the first time but after that it’s definitely an honor representing the Silvertips in front of all these fans. It’s just an amazing moment every time you put it on you just feel proud.”