Has Frederik Andersen’s play been ok for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season?
In Episode 6 of the MLHS podcast, Ian Tulloch and Anthony Petrielli mentioned Frederik Andersen’s total sport this season throughout the last yr of his $ 5 million AAV contract.
Petrielli: Andersen is mostly effective. Even final night time he type of received the unhealthy rap, however of the 4 targets two of them have been ideas – one his personal man rocked him – and one was a brutal line change with a play. cross fold. On the fourth, everybody taking a look at him who hasn’t gone, “Woah”, when Mason Appleton stopped him and put him in it’s laughing at themselves. Anybody mendacity to himself if he noticed it coming.
Tulloch: You begin to find out how the followers argue towards goalkeepers. They undergo all of the targets. Again within the days when Garret Sparks was the goalie and there have been 5 – 6 targets towards, you’d have followers going, “You possibly can’t blame him for 4 or 5 of them.” Sooner or later, even when it is a high-quality likelihood, you need your goalie to cease a few of it. You need your goalie to make huge saves. It may be irritating when the goalie on the opposite group simply activates a hotter and your goalie is taking part in effectively. You’ll lose this sport. It is simply the character of the game of hockey.
If we measure Andersen’s targets this yr by a few of the goalkeeper metrics: If we have a look at the targets set above even-matched expectations, he is nonetheless within the high 15. Earlier this yr , it was within the high 10. Should you’ve been there. every week or two again he was evenly within the high 5.
It is the share of penalty saves that actually pulls it down. He’s thirtieth out of 31 for PK save proportion.
Petrielli: In 5v5, he’s eighth out of 31.
Tulloch: That is the place I feel: 5 towards 5 is what actually issues. There’s much more repeatability there as a goalie. Frederik Andersen has a protracted historical past as a stable 5v5 goalkeeper.
In Toronto there’s some frustration that you do not belief him within the playoffs, however at one level I simply have a look at the entire job and assume, “This man continues to be one of many high 10 goalies within the sport. the NHL. I am unsure if that is somebody you need to reconnect of their 30s, however I nonetheless assume they’re a part of that division.
Petrielli: I feel he is only a usually stable above common goalie. I am not going to take a seat right here and say he is a stallion, however he is been usually stable. He was usually above common. I do know folks watch video games just like the one towards Winnipeg and say, “You need to make a giant save.” And that is true, however a few of them come sparsely.
At one level, he stopped a Blake Wheeler breakaway to maintain the Leafs at bay. It is making a backup. What is the distinction there?
Tulloch: A lot of that is affirmation bias on the finish of the day. You see what you need to see and also you keep in mind what you need to keep in mind.
Petrielli: Individuals will look and say, “He let 4 in. He must make a backup. However you’ll be able to’t actually blame him on any of the 4, and he made an enormous save to maintain the sport alive. Bear in mind after they did 4-3 and there was a bunch of drama on the finish? That is as a result of Freddy stopped that breakaway to permit it to occur.
They do not pay him $ 8 million to $ 10 million a yr. He doesn’t have a Jakob Markstrom sort contract. He’s effectively paid. He is an excellent keeper. In the end what you touched on on the finish of the day is the reality: Till he did one thing within the playoffs, he was the second-best goalie in each playoff they have been in.
That will nonetheless be the case in the event that they have been taking part in the Jets. That might nonetheless be the case in the event that they play in Calgary. That might most likely be the case in the event that they play in Montreal. I am not saying that is the case – Andersen has been higher than Carey Value this season to this point, however we have additionally seen that Carey Value can nonetheless flip him on and “Carey Value” generally a bit.
Tulloch: I ponder how exaggerated that is by lots of people within the media who have a tendency to recollect what it was 5 years in the past versus what it’s at present.
Petrielli: 100% it’s. I am simply saying in the event that they received right into a playoff sequence with them and Carey Value was handed out for a number of weeks, would I be shocked? No.
Tulloch: What if Frederik Andersen was unconscious for every week or two within the playoffs? These are issues that generally occur. Marc Andre Fleury was known as a playoff choker for nearly a decade, after which he continued that absolute tear-up with Vegas. With goalies generally they go on heaters, and generally it does not matter how your group is taking part in if the opposite group’s goalie is best.
Petrielli: The Leafs have had 4 consecutive years of not being the very best goalie within the playoffs. I am not saying he cannot or will not. I am simply saying it has been 4 instances and he hasn’t. That is what individuals are going to guage him on on the finish of the day.
MLHS Podcast Episode # 6 – The Season’s First Shedding Skid, Frederik Andersen’s Play, Commerce Deadline Buzz, Auston Matthews Wrist, and PK Difficulties
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