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10-12-2009, 06:10 PM
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The Mr. Anderson thread

Five games into the season, what do we think? He has currently faced more shots than any other goalie, 170, but luckily he has also saved more shots than any other goalie, 159 - for a .935 save percentage (9th in the league). Admittedly I've only seen two games, and while I've seen him make some spectacular saves, he has also seemed scarily out of position in other instances. He seems to have a propensity to over-commit on plays, as illustrated in the game against Boston when he tripped Savard to prevent a real good scoring chance on the wrap-around. It also seems that his lateral movement can be a little out of control at times.

That being said, I think he was a steal for the Avs, and if he can keep up these numbers will be the best goaltender we've had since Patrick Roy. I am still a little hesitant to call him a legit #1 NHL goaltender, as he has yet to prove consistency over the long term, but I believe he's a big upgrade over what we had last season. Is Thibault still working with the goalies 2 weeks a month? Any word on how that is working out? Any indication of chemistry between Andy and Boods?

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I've saw him play numerous times when he was with Florida, and the only difference I notice between there and Colorado is that he just looks larger in the net.

He doesn't have a whole lot of flaws, but a big one is balance; he tends to fall down alot/lose his stick alot. So far it hasn't cost a goal, so it's all good.

I can safely say he's the best puck handling goalie in Avalanche history.

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He's a big guy and looks clumsy. He seems to be out of position alot, but hey, it hasnt cost him very much. He stops the puck, and thats what i comes down too..it doesnt matter how he looks when he does it.

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I call him Neo but watever afterall he could very well be "The One"...n e ways I have been impressed with his play although I would really like it if he didnt lose his net all the time. Good rebound control and looks humungo in net.

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I call him Neo but watever afterall he could very well be "The One"...
Someone should make an avatar of Craig Anderson stopping pucks like Neo blocks punches.

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Someone should make an avatar of Craig Anderson stopping pucks like Neo blocks punches.
Totally agree

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Someone should make an avatar of Craig Anderson stopping pucks like Neo blocks punches.
Haha... yes. Like some hasek flurry of saves.

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So far, I think he's been fine. I don't cringe when the other team shoots the puck, like I did with Raycroft and Brudaj.

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I greatly dislike his positioning at times. other than that, he's good.

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So far, I think he's been fine. I don't cringe when the other team shoots the puck, like I did with Raycroft and Brudaj.
Exactly, it's a weird sensation to not feel like everything has a chance to go in.

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He reminds me of Jim Carrey. He has great reflexes and moves laterally very fast, which makes up for his lack of positioning. But just like Carrey, teams figure him out after a couple matchups.

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I've liked his play so far. He seems fine in net, and I havent seen todays game (against Bruins) cuz of work, so the worst game it seems for him so far has been againts Chicago and really the D did a ****** job infornt of him. 2 goals came from people in front of the net which the D should have cleared up, and the other was pretty much impossible for a goalie to stop.

So if the D can keep the shots low and from bad angles he should have better stats.

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I've liked what I've seen so far. He does overcommit a bit, but his recovery skills are good enough where he still makes the save most of the time. He reminds me a little of Tim Thomas in that respect.

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So far, I think he's been fine. I don't cringe when the other team shoots the puck, like I did with Raycroft and Brudaj.


So true. Although I'm sure we'll cringe tomorrow because Budaj will most likely be in net.

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So true. Although I'm sure we'll cringe tomorrow because Budaj will most likely be in net.
I bet at least 2 goals through the 5-hole

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I bet at least 2 goals through the 5-hole
and one of those will be in the last 2 minutes of a period.

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The only time I've really wanted to kill him was today. He threw himself down on the ground and just didn't seem to want to pick himself back up, and he had plenty of time to before he let in that backhand.

Other than that, his style is very scary, but he's making up for it with his athleticism, and that's good. He must be doing something right, as I very much doubt we would be 3-1-1 with Boods in the net.

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As a goaltender and goalie coach myself, I cringe with his technique. He's all over the place, his lateral movement is very sketchy, his frame changes drastically every time he goes down(terrible textbook goaltending), but hey... the guy's stopping pucks. That's all that matters. If he keeps this up, I will have no complaints.

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As a goaltender and goalie coach myself, I cringe with his technique. He's all over the place, his lateral movement is very sketchy, his frame changes drastically every time he goes down(terrible textbook goaltending), but hey... the guy's stopping pucks. That's all that matters. If he keeps this up, I will have no complaints.
I cant say that I understand goaltending position and techniques enough to judge when someone does it properly or not, but how did Hasek's style compare to the "textbook goaltending" ?
I mean, again to ME, all he did was flop around... but hey, he's one of the best goalies.

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As a goaltender and goalie coach myself, I cringe with his technique. He's all over the place, his lateral movement is very sketchy, his frame changes drastically every time he goes down(terrible textbook goaltending), but hey... the guy's stopping pucks. That's all that matters. If he keeps this up, I will have no complaints.
But hey, maybe if he ever learns proper goaltending form, he'll become the best goalie in the league!

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I cant say that I understand goaltending position and techniques enough to judge when someone does it properly or not, but how did Hasek's style compare to the "textbook goaltending" ?
I mean, again to ME, all he did was flop around... but hey, he's one of the best goalies.
Hasek's style COULDN'T be compared to textbook goaltending. He was great at what he did, but you simply do not teach a young goaltender to play like that. My two goalies on the 'AAA' local team here that I coach are very different. One plays far out of his net, all angles, a big kid like a sponge, no rebounds. The other one likes to play deeper, relies on reflexes, has lightning quick feet and arms. I understand the latter's strengths, but still work on proper frame when you drop down, keeping the shoulders up, a strong one-push shuffle laterally, etc. You just don't teach a kid to play the way Craig Anderson does, but I understand it if it's worked so well for him.

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As a goaltender and goalie coach myself, I cringe with his technique. He's all over the place, his lateral movement is very sketchy, his frame changes drastically every time he goes down(terrible textbook goaltending), but hey... the guy's stopping pucks. That's all that matters. If he keeps this up, I will have no complaints.
I never wanted to say it, but when we picked him up I wasn't sure about it. I mean, I saw him a few times w/florida last year, and even though I wasn't cheering for either team there were times I just wanted to yell at him to get back in position, because I think it was worse last year.

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Of the goalies who have played 5 games or more, Andy has the second best save percentage behind Bryz in Phoenix. The worst goalies having played 5 games or more are Luongo and Kipper

You know that Luongo and Kipper will turn it around though, but don't know if Anderson will keep up his numbers.

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Of the goalies who have played 5 games or more, Andy has the second best save percentage behind Bryz in Phoenix. The worst goalies having played 5 games or more are Luongo and Kipper

You know that Luongo and Kipper will turn it around though, but don't know if Anderson will keep up his numbers.
I reckon it will depend on how much we play him -- if we burn him out, his numbers will drop. If we spell him with Budaj, he has a better chance of keeping his stats (and hopefully his wins) up there.

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Andy just freaking leveled a guy. I'm loving him. He may never be as good as Roy, but he sure is fun (if not a bit scary) to watch. He plays with passion, and he's been pretty damn solid. I'm sure he'll have some bad games, but I really hope the Avs hang onto him long term. He sure makes the game fun, and he's giving us chances to win.

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