27-Year-Old Goalie – Toronto Maple Leafs
Frederik Andersen Contract Information:
Signed a five-year contract with Toronto in June 2016 worth $5 million annually.
Andersen will not participate in the 2017 IIHF World Championship with Denmark, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Andersen benefits greatly from playing on a stacked Ducks team. His 2.38 GAA in 2014-15 was solid but nothing special, yet he still finished eighth in the NHL with 35 wins despite a modest workload that saw him appear in only 54 games. Anaheim should be very good once again, but Andersenís outlook is a bit unclear heading into this season. The Danish netminder still sits atop the depth chart at the moment, but talented 22-year-old John Gibson will be looking for an expanded role after seeing action in 23 games last season, and the team also brought in veteran Anton Khudobin in an offseason trade with the Hurricanes. If Andersen can hold those two off and start about two-thirds of Anaheimís games, he should approach the top 10 in wins once again, but thereís a strong chance he finds himself locked in a frustrating timeshare.
This past season saw Andersen go from third-string goalie to the starter for the Ducks. Now with both Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth gone, Andersen will start the season in a timeshare with uber-prospect John Gibson that could extend through most of the season. Ultimately, Gibson may win the job as the top dog, but that probably wonít come until 2015-16. Handcuff the two goalies together in daily leagues, but let someone else take the bait in weekly formats. Goalie platoons can destroy your categories in that situation, particularly if you make the wrong activation at the wrong time.