Craig Anderson


When Craig Anderson made the decision to sign with Colorado in the off-season, the primary reason was a simple desire to get enough games in to show that he could be the starting goaltender, after two seasons stuck behind Tomas Vokoun in Florida:


"The goaltending situation there is a positive one.  They give me a fighting chance to come in and play 50 or 60 games and that was the opportunity I was looking for."


Colorado perhaps wasn’t the team every free agent wanted to join; after all, in the off-season they were expected by most prognosticators to be one of the bottom feeders in the Western Conference.  That hasn’t happened, and Anderson is a big part of the reason why.


Anderson’s save percentage (0.917) has dipped a bit from his post-lockout average, perhaps a result of playing more games and facing better teams (since backups are generally run out against inferior opponents), but it’s still comfortably in the top half of NHL starters. 


Anderson’s been passed over as a Vezina finalist, and passed over as a Team USA goaltender this season, but he’s achieved something of greater value: he’s established himself as a starting goaltender in the NHL.  It’s relatively rare for a late-bloomer approaching 30 to get that kind of opportunity, and it’s even rarer for him to take advantage of it.  Anderson’s done both.

Comments (3)

  1. The closest goaltender I can think of that has a similar story would be Tim Thomas, and having said that it makes me wonder can Anderson do a repeat performance next season? I know he was good as a back-up and good (possibly better then good) as a starter this year but it still remains to be seen if he can do it consistantly season after season or if he will be like a Raycroft (although he was younger when he had is only good year), even better of saying would be is he a guy like Biron who is not an ideal starter but can do a decent enough job to get by. If I where the Av’s a 2 year contract would be the most I would give him. Just to see what happens.

  2. And he’s the only reason the Colorado Avalanche are still playing hockey. Both in the regular season and in the playoffs.

  3. I think Anderson is for real, a big body goalie with a good stick and a good glove. His numbers with Florida were Hasek-like and the fact that he played for Florida contradicts any theory of a match up advantage. As long as the Av’s can put some big defensemen around him to keep the rebounds clear,he’s going to be a top flight tender.

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