Minnesota Duluth’s Joey Anderson gives up last two seasons, signs NHL deal with Devils

 (2018 Melissa Wade)
Joey Anderson played two seasons at Minnesota Duluth, winning a national championship in 2018 (photo: Melissa Wade).

Minnesota Duluth sophomore forward Joey Anderson has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the New Jersey Devils and will forgo his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility.

A third-round pick (73rd pick overall) of the Devils in the 2016 NHL Draft, Anderson placed fourth on the 2017-18 Bulldog scoring charts, posting 27 points on 11 goals and 16 assists in 36 games.

He also paced UMD in shots per game (3.36), home goals (eight) and home points (22) and ranked second in plus-minus rating (plus-14) and points per game (0.75).

This past January, Anderson captained Team USA to a bronze medal at the World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y. — the second straight year he competed at that event.

One year ago, Anderson amassed 37 points and that equaled the largest by a UMD rookie in six years (J.T. Brown, 37 points). He went on to earn a spot on the 2016-17 NCHC All-Rookie Team as well as the NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team.

Anderson, who holds the distinction of being the only UMD product to ever claim a IIHF World Junior gold medal (2017), is a two-time NCHC All-Academic Team qualifier.

Overall, Anderson scored 23 goals and added 41 assists for 64 points in 75 games at UMD. He was also a plus-24.