The Chicago Blackhawks announced Thursday that they have re-signed forward Joey Anderson to a one-year, $800K contract. The 25-year-old forward had six points (4-2) in 24 games for Chicago after arriving from Toronto following a February 23rd trade that send Jake McCabe to the Maple Leafs.
Anderson came along with a conditional 2025 first-round pick and a 2026 second-round pick. The Blackhawks saw value in Anderson and brought him back for another season.
Where will Anderson Slot In for 2023-24
A third-round pick for New Jersey in 2014, Anderson made his NHL debut back in the 2018=19 season for the Devils. In 34 games, he registered seven points (4-3) and chipped in another six points (4-2) a season later in 18 games. Following a trade to Toronto, he shuttled between the Marlies and the Maple Leafs, before being sent to Chicago.
From there, he finished out the season for the Blackhawks. He had five points in his first ten appearances for the Blackhawks, but then didn’t record another point until April 10th against Minnesota when he scored a goal.
Anderson is a reasonable depth piece who will be in the bottom six for now–but should general manager Kyle Davidson acquire or sign more forwards to fill out the top nine, it will likely push Anderson into a shuttle role similar to what he had in Toronto.
Anderson will crash the net and play a physical game, looking to deposit rebounds or score the greasy goal. But Anderson also has a shot, and in the four goals he potted for Chicago, he displayed the ability to find the back of the net.
No, Anderson isn’t likely the guy who’s going to score 20 goals and hit the 40 point mark. But he will forecheck, go hard to the net, and give the Blackhawks every ounce of effort he’s got.
It’s a depth signing for Chicago as they start pivoting in its rebuild. Joey Anderson will help fill out the lineup, and continue to grind away for a team that continues to bring pieces in.