This is part 6 of my Prospect File series where I update you guys’ on Hockey’s Future’s Top 20 Anaheim Ducks prospects. This will be a daily series that will hopefully end before the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. I will also be doing a series on possible players the Ducks will take with their first round pick. Part 5 was on center Joseph Cramarossa. So, next up in part 6 is #15 on HF’s Top 20, goalie Frederik Andersen.
The 23-year-old netminder was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, after being drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes a few years ago, but being passed up and allowed to re-enter the draft. Frederik Andersen has good size and uses it at 6’4″-247 lbs. After spending one season in the Swedish Elite League, where he put up a 1.67 GAA and 0.941 SV% with Frolunda, he came over to Norfolk and spent this past season in the AHL. I’ve mentioned a few times already in other posts about how he was able to steal the #1 job in Norfolk away from fellow prospect Igor Bobkov. Andersen was simply the better goalie all season long. He posted a record of 24-18-1 while tallying a 2.19 GAA and a 0.929 SV% with 4 shutouts. He plays a modern style and uses his long reach whenever he can. Here’s the way I would like the offseason to go with in regards to Andersen: Trade Hiller, Promote Fasth to Starter, Promote Andersen to Fasth’s Backup, Gibson Named Started in Norfolk. I like Fasth more than Hiller, sorry, and I want Gibson to get as much time as possible to continue his incredible growth. But that’s just me. This guy is good.
Weight: 247 lbs.
With John Gibson making headlines across the hockey world right now, the Ducks have another goaltender who has put up a tremendous 2012-13 in the AHL in Danish netminder Frederik Andersen. Originally drafted by Carolina in 2010, Anderson was the Admirals number-one goalie this year after coming over from Sweden and essentially beating out Igor Bobkov for the job. When looking at the Admirals season, in which they missed the playoffs, Andersen gave them quality starts almost every night and kept the Admirals in a ton of games. He did not get very much offensive support, as his 24-18-1 records is coupled with an outstanding 2.19 goals against average and a .929 save percentage. There will definitely be an interesting battle in goal when Gibson arrives, as Andersen has proven to be an outstanding AHL-caliber starter.
Andersen is a big goalie who fills much of the net with his frame. Though he is very raw, he has the physical tools to be an effective goaltender. Scouts at the World Championship tournament in Germany were impressed with his composure and willingness to battle.
A gigantic goaltender with terrific reach. Plays a modern style in net. Has a great winner’s mentality.
Next up in the series will be center Kevin Roy.