Top 10 World Junior Performances by Current Toronto Maple Leafs

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Nov 15, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Jersey Devils   Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

Joey Anderson (F) – USA

Joey Anderson played in two World Junior Championship tournaments in 2017 and 2018 when he was 18 and 19 years-old.  He had already been drafted in the 3rd round (73rd overall) by the New Jerseys Devils in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Joey Anderson had been playing with the US National Development Team for a couple seasons before he was drafted, so he was definitely known by Team USA years before he played at the U20 tournament.

Anderson only produced a couple assists in his first tournament, but it was enough to help Team USA win the gold medal.

Expectations were high for Joey Anderson prior to his second World Juniors tournament as he was named USA’s Team Captain after an impressive freshman season with the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA scoring 12 goals and 37 points in 39 games.

Anderson delivered by scoring four goals and seven points in seven games on his way to helping Team USA to a bronze medal finish.

The scoring touch Joey Anderson displayed as a junior player hasn’t seemed to translate into the NHL thus far.  He did have a 34 game NHL season with the New Jersey Devils in 2018-19 where he mustered four goals and seven points.

Since joining the Toronto Maple Leafs in October 2020, Anderson has only found his way into three NHL games and has been pointless.  He has developed a strong defensive game though and may still develop into a strong bottom-six forward.

2018  World Juniors
Team Captain
Bronze Medal
7 Games, 4 Goals, 7 Points

2017 World Juniors
Gold Medal
7 Games, 2 Assists