The Canadiens forward was among 24 players named to the Team Canada roster Monday for the IIHF World Championship, which will be held May 13-29 in Finland.
Anderson is the only Canadiens player on the team. Brendan Gallagher and Nick Suzuki both said during the Canadiens’ post-mortem news conference that they had turned down offers from Team Canada so they could heal injuries and get their bodies ready for training camp next season.
Former Canadiens head coach Claude Julien will coach Team Canada at the world championship.
Anderson had 19-13-32 totals in 69 games this season with the Canadiens and was minus-25.
When asked what the biggest lesson he learned this season was, Anderson said: “I think just being consistent. Knowing each and every night is not going to be an easy night. This is the NHL. You got to be ready every single game, working hard in practice if you’re tired or not. Just finding a way. And some nights when you don’t have it — because it’s such a long season, 82 games — you got to find ways to do other things to help the team win. I think we’re all learning in that department. We got a lot of things to work on for next year.”