With the Anaheim Ducks coming to town today, I thought it would be interesting to look at their goalie, Frederik Anderson, who was a Carolina Hurricanes draft pick in 2010.
The Canes chose the Danish goalie at 187th overall in the 2010 Draft and held onto his rights for the next two years, but could not come to an agreement for an entry-level contract before the team’s rights ran out.
In June of 2012, the Hurricanes’ rights ran out and Andersen was free to reenter the draft.
At the time, the Hurricanes released this statement from GM Jim Rutherford.
“We tried to sign Frederik to a contract, and made him aware that we felt there was an opportunity here for him to earn one of our two NHL spots during training camp,” said Rutherford. “We are very disappointed that he chose not to join our organization. Prior to him changing his agent, we had every indication that he was very interested in being a part of the Carolina Hurricanes.”
It’s obvious the Canes were interested in signing Andersen, but after an agent change, the goalie decided to go through the draft.
This time, Andersen was chosen 100 picks earlier by the Ducks and signed an entry-level contract almost right away with Anaheim.
He joined the Ducks’ AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, winning 24 games in his rookie season.
But it’s this year that has really brought attention to Andersen. He’s only played two games with the Ducks, but has won both games, including one shutout and posted a 0.96 GAA and .971 save percentage.
However, Andersen was sent back to the AHL yesterday with Viktor Fasth returning from injury, but his strong play has created rumors that the Ducks are willing to trade Jonas Hiller to make room for Andersen.
Wouldn’t some goaltending depth like that help the Hurricanes?
If Andersen agreed to sign with the Canes, it’s likely the 24-year-old would be battling Ward for the starting spot and giving the team a great option on any night.
But things didn’t work out that way even if Rutherford tried. The Canes dealt with problems to their goalies last year and had to take the results.
This season, things have gotten better. Anton Khudobin was brought in and has played well when healthy and Peters is playing like an NHL goalie.
So while Andersen would have brought depth and helped things, the Hurricanes were forced to go a different route and things have worked out just fine.
Dwelling on the past isn’t what the Canes should be doing, especially with the team’s goaltending being so strong right now.