The Leafs have trimmed their roster and made their final cuts ahead of the season. The one area where there is no dispute over player choice is in goal, and Frederik Andersen looks poised to start, pulling a Cujo-like save in warm-ups.
A notoriously slow starter, Frederik Andersen will need to build off of his better than usual opening month of last season to kick start the Maple Leafs this year. In some informal breakaway drills at Leafs practice Andersen appears ready to go after summoning a windmilling Curtis Joseph for a ridiculous glove save:
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 30, 2019
An excited “ohhh” followed by an “oh baby!” perfectly punctuate the clip from the Leafs official Twitter account as the stellar tender embarrassed his teammate during the drill.
Andersen gets a lot of shit from fans, specifically around his playoff performances in the past three postseasons. A strong October from him could catapult the team forward and potentially to the top of the Atlantic Division, but it still likely wouldn’t be enough to keep the haters at bay until he proves it in the playoffs.
This season should’s be the same, however, because the Leafs team is entirely different. The d-core is completely revamped and overhauled, the bottom-six is heavily changed, and the big stars are locked in. The Leafs are in a win-now period and Andersen can relish the pressure with a better team protecting him.
The Vezina has already been credited to Vasilevsky, Bobrovsky, Price, Rinne, or for some reason Ben Bishop according to NHL.com, but no worries. When Andersen is stealing games and backstopping the Buds to the top spot in the division and potentially the league the Dane will get all the credit he’s deserved for some time. Bring on the regular season, Freddy is ready.