When the Los Angeles Kings stepped up to the podium to make the 41st overall selection in the NHL Draft, Calgary native Jaret Anderson-Dolan was sitting in the stands with his family and had a feeling he was about to hear his name called. He was correct and he stood up and made sure he hugged every one of his family members including his parents Fran and Nancy.
"When I heard my name, there was lots of emotion, excitement, but it's really hard to explain the exact feeling. My mom started crying and I made sure to give her a real big hug," Anderson-Dolan explained in the media scrum following being drafted.
The Spokane Chief sophomore put up 39 goals and 37 assists this season while playing in all 72 WHL games which was quite the improvement on his 16-year-old freshman season that saw him score 14 goals and 12 assists.
"My head coach Don Nachbaur really helped me improve my two-way game and how to be an impactful player every shift," JAD said, as he is known in the scouting room. "I see myself as a very hard working two-way forward who can contribute in any situation and play a competitive 60-minute game."
In Spokane, Nachbaur recently was dismissed of his head coaching duties and coincidentally was hired by the Kings as an Assistant Coach just last week.
A native of Calgary, Anderson-Dolan was HockeyNow's Alberta Minor Hockey Player of the Year in 2014 and now sees himself playing in the near future with the Los Angeles Kings.
"I had a good feeling about the Kings after speaking with them at the Combine and thought it was a good fit right away," JAD said, "L.A. is a much bigger city than Calgary but I'm really looking forward to my future there and helping them succeed in the future."
Anderson-Dolan was the second Spokane Chief drafted as his best friend and linemate Kailer Yamamoto was selected on Friday night 22nd overall by the Edmonton Oilers.
"Kailer is my best friend and it was so great to see him get drafted. I am really happy for him and know that he will be a successful NHL hockey player," JAD added.
During Draft week, multiple media outlets came out with stories about Anderson-Dolan and his involvement with the LGBTQ community and his intention to join the "Hockey is for Everybody" campaign. He grew up in a household with two mothers raising him and even used pride tape on his stick during a pre-game warm ups in late February to show his support of the LGBTQ community. His teammates also wrapped their sticks in pride tape and Anderson-Dolan kept his on the duration of the game.
"It was a normal life for me growing up, and I get asked a lot about my upbringing in a home with two mothers but I don't know any other way of growing up. Obviously it's different and for me it gives you a little perspective of how much the world is changing and has helped me grow and mature," Anderson-Dolan said.
He also attributes his hockey success to a different diet than many others.
“Growing up, I was raised in a house where we eat well and eat organic food and things like that, so for me, it’s just kind of a habit, just talking about things you can do to get an advantage of your opponent. If I’m disciplined with that, then maybe it’ll give me a little bit of an advantage. I was raised in a house where we eat right, so it’s pretty easy for me," Anderson-Dolan said
On the ice, Anderson-Dolan will not only bring scoring and a competitive edge to the ice but also leadership as indicated by wearing an ‘A’ with the Chiefs and being named captain of Canada’s team at the U-18 worlds.
“Just to represent Canada is a huge honour. Being named captain was a huge honour, and it was something that was really exciting. I think you learn how to lead from your parents and for me, I just try to lead by example," Anderson-Dolan said.
Whether it is next season or five seasons from now, it appears the Kings have a real good player on the ice and in the community supporting what he believes in.
Scouting Report on Anderson-Dolan
Anderson-Dolan was one of the youngest in this draft class only and is maturing at a steady pace. Stands out with NHL speed, good shot and productive scoring touch. Loves to shoot and hungry to have puck on his stick. Consistently produced all year with timely goals and big time goal scorer whose offensive ability can impact the outcome and emotion of a game. Sees time on both the Power Play and Penalty Kill. A very intense forechecker and highly motivated puck chaser, he shows good anticipation and tremendous work ethic. Has good acceleration and is quick on his edges stopping and turning. Loves to shoot from in close and can pick the top corners almost every time. Scores goals from all over the ice. Has shown improvement defensively and is becoming a reliable 200 foot player. Will gets on the nerves of opposing players often. His physical maturity is coming along and he will continue to grow.
Comparable to Philadelphia centreman Travis Konecny and projects as a two-way forward with a shoot first mentality who can contribute on both the power play and penalty kill.
ISS final ranking on Anderson-Dolan was #31 and he was drafted #41 to Los Angeles Kings.Back to Top
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