Frederik Andersen
Frederik Andersen
30-Year-Old GoalieG
Toronto Maple Leafs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Andersen is a strong and steady fantasy goaltender. He ranked third in wins (36) and second in saves (1,796) in 2018-19, and he's incredibly consistent -- just look at his save percentages over the last four campaigns (.919, .918, .918 and .917). But Anderson's workload is unusually high in today's NHL. He's started at least 60 games for three straight seasons -- a heavy workload which ultimately hurt his game, and yours, last year. For two-straight seasons, the Great Dane's game dropped off in the second half. Sure, a .911 save percentage in the second half last year is respectable, but it pales in comparison to the Vezina-like .923 of the first half. The Leafs need to do something about load management with this guy or we'll just see him get fatigued again in 2019-20. Unfortunately, the Leafs just don't have confidence in their backups, so you should seriously consider leveraging Andersen in a trade shortly after Christmas. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year contract with Toronto in June 2016 worth $5 million annually.
Draws start Tuesday
GToronto Maple Leafs
October 14, 2019
Andersen will guard the cage against the Wild on Tuesday, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
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Andersen has already seen mixed results early this season but is coming off a strong 27-save win over the Red Wings. His .886 save percentage and 3.38 GAA looks rough on paper but it should improve against a floundering Minnesota offense. Andersen is still a must-start in all formats right now.
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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.
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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Shakes off bad loss
GToronto Maple Leafs
October 12, 2019
Andersen made 25 saves in a 5-2 win over Detroit on Saturday night.
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Looks to bounce back against Wings
GToronto Maple Leafs
October 12, 2019
Andersen will tend the road twine Saturday versus the Red Wings, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
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Dizzied by deft hands of Bolts
GToronto Maple Leafs
October 10, 2019
Andersen was pulled in the third period of Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Lightning. He made just 21 saves on 28 shots.
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Taking on Tampa Bay
GToronto Maple Leafs
October 10, 2019
Andersen will patrol the crease in Thursday's home game against the Lightning, NHL.com's Dave McCarthy reports.
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Lets in three in loss
GToronto Maple Leafs
October 7, 2019
Andersen allowed three goals on 30 shots in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Blues.
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