Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Should Anderson make Team USA?

Pierre LeBrun over at mentioned in his blog today that Anderson is trying to make a case for himself to get looked at for a goaltending job with Team USA in February's Olympics in Vancouver. His stats speak for themselves as to why he would make a great option for the Olympic team. He is capable of handling a heavy workload (especially since he's getting a lot of practice with the Avs).

Team USA is expected to finish around the same as the experts predicted the Avs to finish. Look how that's turning out. Andy wasn't one of the goalies that attended the orientation camp but he is definitely outperforming his American born counterparts. The favorites to go to Vancouver are Boston's Tim Thomas and Buffalo's Ryan Miller. Both are good choices and Thomas is the reigning Vezina winner but when comparing this season's play, Andy comes out on top.

Anderson is currently leading all American born goalies in wins (6) and is currently only behind Miller in GAA (2.09) and save% (.935). Miller has a 1.58 and .938 in those categories but he has faced half as many shots. The season is still early but Brian Burke and co. should definitely be giving Anderson a good look.

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