Frederik Andersen: Last Line Of Defence

A lot has been discussed on what has been a pretty significant offseason for the Maple Leafs, especially when we focus on the upgrade on defence. The additions of T.J. Brodie and Zach Bogosian definitely give the Maple Leafs a different and much improved look as we head into next season.

So the focus will obviously shift to Frederik Andersen in goal this season. His stats from the play-in round were solid, recording a 1.84 GAA and .936% save percentage. But what has been his Achilles heel aren’t his numbers overall but his tendency for letting in a bad goal at innopotune times. These stinker goals overshadow at times what has been a great effort up to that point and has also deflated his team as well. 

I will admit, he does face a high level of high quality shots on goal, so giving him some benefit of the doubt that fatigue maybe playing a factor at times but that doesn’t explain his poor starts to seasons. We all know there is nothing scarier in October than October Freddie. Now that is truly ghoulish! 

When we look at last season’s poor start that rolled into a below average season for him as he finished with a 2.85 GAA and .909% save percentage. One has to wonder if this is a blimp in what has been a solid career to date or is this a downward trend that will be a cause for concern this upcoming season and beyond? 

With that said, I will most definitely be keeping an eye on Freddie this upcoming season. How will he settle behind this newly revamped defense, can he find an additional gear now that he has Jack Campbell and Aaron Dell breathing down his neck for ice time. They say pressure makes diamonds, well GM Kyle Dubas, Coach Sheldon Keefe and his teammates will look to Freddie to be a diamond in goal if this going to be the season the Leafs break through the ceiling into true contenders.