Top of the League - Craig Anderson Spotlight

Unfortunately, Anderson is a bit injured with an ankle sprain after a collision with Kreider. It was an innocent play and completely unfortunate and really, it was his own defenseman's fault. Luckily, it's only an ankle sprain. As long as it's his outside ankle, this shouldn't have any long term affects for Anderson. I'm sure the swelling will make things uncomfortable for him but that will fade with time. If he's on your fantasy roster - don't fret, he'll be back in no time and could probably use some rest anyway. It's hard carrying the team.

Maybe it's because he's bald... but I totally thought Craig Anderson was one of the elder goalies in the league. It could also be because he's been a starter and then a backup and now he's a superstar. So I guess I just thought he had been in the league for a while. Either way, good on that guy. He's come out of nowhere to lead all goalies in save percentage and goals against. No easy feat especially with a tough Ottawa crowd and a faltering defensive corp

So a few things about Craig Anderson since he does have the spotlight. First, he's American. Cool, I try to keep up with the guys but I had no idea. I had followed Schneider and Miller and even Montoya as they were coming up, but I didn't realize Anderson was from Chicago. Second, I should have known he was American because he doesn't completely fit into the Quebecoise style. Sure, he's big and he's blocky, but he has a fluid motion to his movements which get him out of the classic Canadian style. In the clip below, his lateral movement is more concerned with extending his feet first and rotating his body towards the puck than with a more butterfly slide first style. If you watch the replay, you can see that he leaves a lot of daylight in his five-hole to first cover a lot of area of the net. But as he rotates and moves into position, he quickly shuts the door and squeezes all of his holes shut. This is more of an American style - probably from years of watching Mike Richter and Billy Smith playing. The Quebecoise style would have saved this shot by dropping the lead knee to the ice first, pushing off the back foot and squeezing the five hole shut before getting into place. Small differences but both equally effective.

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