Frederik Andersen
Frederik Andersen
29-Year-Old GoalieG
Toronto Maple Leafs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Andersen was the busiest twinetender in the NHL last season. He faced 2,211 shots and finished fourth in the NHL in wins (38). But for all those wins, Andersen's counting stats didn't improve like we'd hoped. His GAA (2.81) and save percentage (.918) weren't exactly studly. That GAA was actually outside the top-30 for goalies with at least 20 starts, and his save percentage was 18th for guys with the same number of starts. Andersen is capable of topping 40 wins this season, but he'll still face a lot of pucks. He'll be drafted as a top-10 goalie, though the counting stats need to improve for Andersen to deliver on that draft position. It's certainly possible. If he can pull his save rate (and maybe even his GAA) into the top 10, Andersen could hear his name mentioned for a Vezina Trophy this year or next. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year contract with Toronto in June 2016 worth $5 million annually.
Starting in goal Tuesday
GToronto Maple Leafs
March 19, 2019
Andersen will tend the twine Tuesday in Nashville, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Andersen got a rare night off in the second game of a back-to-back set Saturday, needing a reset after allowing four or more goals in three straight outings. Nashville sits in the middle of the pack in terms of scoring (3.00 goals per game) in March, though the club averages just 2.89 goals per game at home, so Andersen could have a decent shot to notch win No. 35.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A queasy start to Andersen's Toronto career had loyal fans feeling nauseous in the first couple weeks of the 2016-17 season, but it didn't take long for the Dane to become a beloved mainstay for this storied franchise. Andersen was one of the busiest netminders in the NHL last season -- only Edmonton's Cam Talbot faced more shots. He only finished top-10 in one category (wins), but his .918 save percentage tied him with Corey Crawford and Pekka Rinne for 15th overall. All of Andersen's counting stats should improve as the Leafs improve defensively and gain experience (remember, they were the NHL's second youngest team last year), and that should solidify him as a top-10 fantasy goalie for years to come.
Andersen is a big (6-foot-4), athletic twinetender who arrived in Toronto in a pre-draft trade this past June and was promptly inked to a long-term contract extension (five years and $25 million). The deal was a bit of a gamble – sure, Andersen has played No. 1 minutes, but in just one of his three seasons in the NHL. And he struggled, relatively speaking, in that year compared to his other two. Now, the Great Dane did start 37 games with the Ducks last season (and played in 43), going 22-9-7 with a .919 save percentage. And he absolutely sizzled in five postseason starts (.947 save percentage). Andersen is an upgrade from Jonathan Bernier and he will have 25 million reasons to develop alongside an improving roster. But short term, he'll face more pucks than is ideal and his D won't be nearly as stable as it was in Quackerland. Expect league-average production in 2016-17 with better results in the future.
Andersen benefits greatly from playing on a stacked Ducks team. His 2.38 GAA in 2014-15 was solid but nothing special, yet he still finished eighth in the NHL with 35 wins despite a modest workload that saw him appear in only 54 games. Anaheim should be very good once again, but Andersen’s outlook is a bit unclear heading into this season. The Danish netminder still sits atop the depth chart at the moment, but talented 22-year-old John Gibson will be looking for an expanded role after seeing action in 23 games last season, and the team also brought in veteran Anton Khudobin in an offseason trade with the Hurricanes. If Andersen can hold those two off and start about two-thirds of Anaheim’s games, he should approach the top 10 in wins once again, but there’s a strong chance he finds himself locked in a frustrating timeshare.
This past season saw Andersen go from third-string goalie to the starter for the Ducks. Now with both Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth gone, Andersen will start the season in a timeshare with uber-prospect John Gibson that could extend through most of the season. Ultimately, Gibson may win the job as the top dog, but that probably won’t come until 2015-16. Handcuff the two goalies together in daily leagues, but let someone else take the bait in weekly formats. Goalie platoons can destroy your categories in that situation, particularly if you make the wrong activation at the wrong time.
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Bailed out by offense
GToronto Maple Leafs
March 15, 2019
Andersen stopped 23 of 29 shots in Friday's 7-6 win over the Flyers.
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Guarding net Friday
GToronto Maple Leafs
March 15, 2019
Andersen will start between the pipes in Friday's clash with the visiting Flyers, Mark Masters of reports.
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Gets hook again
GToronto Maple Leafs
March 13, 2019
Andersen allowed four goals on 14 shots before being replaced by Garret Sparks to begin the second period of Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Blackhawks.
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Guarding goal Wednesday
GToronto Maple Leafs
March 13, 2019
Andersen will start between the home pipes Wednesday against the Blackhawks, Mark Masters of reports.
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Chased by Lightning
GToronto Maple Leafs
March 11, 2019
Andersen allowed four goals on 19 shots before getting replaced by Garret Sparks early in the second period of Monday's 6-2 loss to the Lightning.
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