Craig Anderson

Posted: January 17, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Ottawa Senators

The Good: Anderson is a Workhorse goaltender capable of 35+ wins every season, even on a weak team. He actively challenges shooters with a fierce edge and his energetic attitude created a powerful presence in the crease. More importantly, his strong work ethic motivates his team game in and game out. He can dominate games on occasion, mainly because he never quits on a play–even when he’s down and out. One of Anderson’s best traits are his strong legs. With a slightly wide stance, he is able to maintain a very high energy level for the entire game. He can quickly  drop and pop back up and are always sealed to the ice when needed. Anderson displays a great read-and-react style that relies much more on reflexes and pure puck-stopping prowess than refined technique and footwork. His solid size and leg strength allows him to play with a high focus and energy level for an entire 60 minutes. Anderson is an unsung hero for the Ottawa Senators.

The Bad: Because Anderson’s overall skating skills are only slightly above average, his mobility is sometimes considered out of control. He is an active goalie with a more traditional butterfly and this leads him to lose balance. He can be guilty of flopping around in the crease area at times, leading to bad habits–which also leads to bad stretches and puck-stopping slumps. The Senators are an unpredictable team, so you never know how he will perform.

 

CAREER HONORS & AWARDS
OHL – Goaltender of the Year 2000-01
OHL – First All-Star Team 2000-01

 

 

CAREER STATISTICS
Yr Team Lea GPI W L T OTL Min SO GA SHA GAA SV%
2011-12 Ottawa NHL 42 23 13 4 2349 1 115 1254 2.94 .908
2010-11 Ottawa NHL 18 11 5 1 1055 2 36 589 2.05 .939
Colorado NHL 33 13 15 3 1810 0 99 957 3.28 .897
Total Col/Ott NHL 51 24 20 4 2865 2 135 1546 2.83 .913
2009-10 Colorado NHL 71 38 25 7 4235 7 186 2233 2.64 .917
2008-09 Florida NHL 31 15 7 5 1636 3 74 977 2.71 .924
2007-08 Florida NHL 17 8 6 1 935 2 35 535 2.25 .935
United States WC 2 64 0 6 21 5.61
2006-07 Florida NHL 5 1 1 1 217 0 8 116 2.21 .931
Rochester AHL 34 23 10 1 2060 1 88 1087 2.56 .919
2005-06 Chicago NHL 29 6 12 4 1554 1 86 757 3.32 .886
United States WC 5 3 2 0 280 1 11 2.36
2004-05 Norfolk AHL 15 9 4 1 886 2 27 379 1.83 .929
2003-04 Chicago NHL 21 6 14 0 1205 1 57 602 2.84 .905
Norfolk AHL 37 17 20 0 2108 3 74 857 2.11 .914
2002-03 Chicago NHL 6 0 3 2 270 0 18 125 4.00 .856
Norfolk AHL 32 15 11 5 1795 4 58 754 1.94 .923
2001-02 Norfolk AHL 28 9 13 4 1568 2 77 675 2.95 .886
2000-01 Guelph OHL 59 30 19 9 3555 3 156 1913 2.63 .918
1999-00 Guelph OHL 38 12 17 2 1955 0 117 1205 3.59 .903
1998-99 Guelph OHL 21 12 5 1 1006 1 52 535 3.10 .903
Chicago NAHL 14 11 3 0 840 0 40 2.86
1997-98 Chicago MEHL 50 2991 2 143 2.86
Total NHL 273 121 101 2 26 15266 17 714 8145 2.81 .912
Total AHL 146 73 58 10 1 8417 12 324 3752 2.31 .914
Total OHL 118 54 41 12 6516 4 325 3653 2.99 .911
Total WC 7 344 1 17 2.97
Total NAHL 14 11 3 0 840 0 40 2.86
Total MEHL 50 2991 2 143 2.87

 

GPI W L OTL Min SO GA SHA GAA SV%
2011-12 OTTAWA
ON PACE 73 40 22 6 4087 1 200 2181 2.94 .908

 

Drafted:  Chicago in 2001 (3/73).

 

 

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