Devils' Anderson named AHL Player of the Week
The AHL announced on Monday right wing Matt Anderson of the Albany Devils is the CCM/AHL Player of the Week.
Anderson returned from his first NHL recall, playing two games with the New Jersey Devils and recording his first NHL point (an assist), to play in three games last week with Albany. With Albany, he scored three goals and handed out four assists, and he netted one shootout goal, as the Devils took six points on the week and won their first two shootouts of the season (after losing their first eight).
In Tuesday's game at Connecticut, a 4-3 shootout win, Anderson had a goal and two assists to factor into all Albany's regulation goals. He also was one of two Devils to score in the shootout. In Saturday's 4-3 win at Syracuse, he again had a goal and two assists, his goal putting Albany ahead, 3-2, as the Devils rallied from a 2-0 deficit after two periods and posted four goals in the third period. He added a goal in Sunday's 3-2 shootout win at Binghamton.
After Thursday's practice, Anderson said Tuesday's success was due, in part, to momentum he carried from his recall.
“I think, coming back from New Jersey, it was a great experience,” he said. “I think I regained a little bit of focus and picked up some little things in the limited time I was there, and some of the little things I picked up — the intensity of the game, the intensity of that game — I’m trying to bring a little more of that into mine.”
The Devils' Bobby Butler, currently on a recall to New Jersey, also earned the award this season. He was named player of the week Dec. 17 after six goals and an assist in three games the previous week.