Wednesday afternoon, the Anaheim Ducks announced the signing of rookie goaltender Frederik Andersen to a two-year entry-level deal. The Ducks selected Andersen in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, 87th overall.
Andersen, the 22-year-old from Herning, Denmark, tore up the Swedish Elite League (SEL) with Frolunda. In his first and only season in the SEL, Andersen posted a 1.62 GAA and a .953 save percentage. He set a Frolunda franchise record with eight shutouts that broke current New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. During the playoffs, Andersen posted a 2.69 GAA and a .911 save percentage for Frolunda.
Andersen on his style of play:
“If I had to choose one goalie, I don’t really compare goalies to one another that much, but I have a lot of stuff that he does too with the butterfly. I’m pretty calm in the net. I try to make the defense comfortable with me back there.”
I would think Andersen would stay in Europe for one more year and continue to play for Frolunda, however, I would like to see him play in Norfolk. Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus called Andersen, “the best goalie NOT in North America.” We’ll see what happens, if he gets invited to training camp or not, which I think he will.
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