Sports The busier the better for Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen

16:24  27 november  2017
16:24  27 november  2017 Source:   thestar.com

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They’re the one-percenters: elite professional goaltenders . Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen has faced a league-leading 721 shots in a league-leading 21 games. (Carlos Osorio / Toronto Star).

Frederik Andersen (born 2 October 1989) is a Danish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Andersen was a member of Denmark's national team that competed at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.


They’re the one-percenters: elite professional goaltenders.

“Sixty jobs in the world,” says Leafs starter Frederik Andersen, and of course he’s referring to the top league on the planet, where he dreamed of playing as a child growing up in a remote corner of Denmark. “Not everyone knows what we go through. It’s unique.”

Perhaps few who take up the trade are as temperamentally suited to the job as the low-key Andersen, though it’s an evolution of poise still in progress, pivoting away sharply from the allegedly volatile personality exhibited at earlier stages of his NHL career.

This claim, of emotional turbulence, we will have to take on faith. This ginger-haired Dane is an oasis of calm, his up-against-the-wall post-game scrums typified by soft-spoken utterances and thoughtful pauses.

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He talks on game-day mornings, a rarity among the masked tribe. But it is others that offer strong commentary about Andersen’s value to this club. It has become a familiar refrain in a topsy-turvy November: Freddie kept us in the game. Freddie stood on his head. Freddie was unbelievable. Or, after the team stumbles: We let Freddie down.

The accolades have been notable from head coach Mike Babcock. Following a close win Friday at Carolina, in which Andersen faced a season-high 47 shots, stopping 43 of them, the coach acknowledged: “Freddie was the main event, for sure. Freddie gave us a real opportunity.”

Indeed, a sturdy argument can be made that Andersen is the team’s MVP at the moment, particularly during a four-game injury absence by Auston Matthews, that he’s been the most vital factor in Toronto holding its ground behind Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division.

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One could dive into the deep analytics for cluttering, eye-crossing, minutiae evidence but the surface numbers are sufficient: In starting a league-leading 21 games, Andersen has faced a league-leading 721 shots. That’s a rubber bombardment, yet last week he posted back-to-back shutouts, making it three on the season while elevating his save percentage to .918 and lowering his goals against average to 2.79.

Andersen doesn’t scrutinize the stats. He didn’t even realize, when the subject arose over the weekend, that he’d started more games than any fraternity colleague. “Um, I know I was up there but I didn’t know I was on top. I don’t really pay much attention to that.”

The un-analytics statistics put November into stark contrast with October, a replay of last year when Andersen had doubters wringing their hands over the large contract commitment the Leafs had made to their No. 1 netminder.

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Andersen admits he too had a mini crisis of confidence at the start of the 2016-17 season, adjusting to the hothouse of Toronto from the tepid media backwater of Anaheim, but his dubiousness was erased when he posted the fifth-best save percentage in the NHL from Nov. 1 onward (minimum 40 starts) and had a strong post-season.

This year, however, was no deja vu frailty, at least in his mind. There was never any panic, despite unimpressive numbers through the opening weeks, though he did impose upon himself a brief Twitter blackout, just to dial down the noise. Andersen has improved his GAA in monthly splits from 3.46 to 2.06 and his save percentage from .896 to a scintillating .941.

He asserts that no significant technical alteration to his puck-stopping was required though he did consult with Leafs goaltending coach Steve Briere. He rejects the suggestion that opponents had been victimizing him with shots high, a vulnerability perhaps caused by over-thinking a potential second shot while under-focusing on the initial shot.

“I don’t think that’s it. Guys shoot pretty much everywhere and you’ve got to be ready for pretty much everything. I’m just trying to see the puck.”

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He took note of Briere’s admonition to better control rebounds, but that’s pretty much what every goalie under the sun is told.

“Mostly my mindset has been what’s been better for me,” says Andersen. “Trying to move into shots a little more. Trying to be aggressive in the save selections. Move into the shots instead of just sitting back and hoping they come at you.”

Perhaps counter-intuitively, that doesn’t mean coming out further in his crease to challenge shooters, which is boiler-plate teaching.

“Not so much that. More, once they shoot it, move into the shot and track it better.’’

His interlocutor expresses a laywoman’s incomprehension.

“It’s tough to explain if you’re not used to the position. You want to be more aggressive when you make the save, move into the shot,” he repeats.

The 28-year-old is adamant that his heavy workload — he is on pace to start 70 games, barring injury — is no hardship. He thrives off it. Anticipating that Babcock would ride him like a quarter-horse, he lost weight in the off-season for improved agility and pays close attention to diet, swearing off his sweet-tooth cravings.

“(Fatigue) is something we monitor. There’s no set way of doing that, so we go day by day. We look at ways to stay healthy, stay rested enough to play at a level where you can give a good chance for your team to win and that’s what we’ve doing lately.”

Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen has faced a league-leading 721 shots in a league-leading 21 games.© Carlos Osorio Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen has faced a league-leading 721 shots in a league-leading 21 games.

Sometimes Andersen makes the saves look harder than they should be. Occasionally he gets beaten on shots that had no business entering the net. What he’s learned is not to gnaw on the bone of mistakes.

“I don’t really worry about being beaten. I just worry about getting ready to make the next save, no matter what the score is.”

It’s the benefit of a tranquil nature.

“I feel good. I’ve been feeling good most of the year.”

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