When the 2014 Winter Olympics roll around in a year’s time, there are a handful of goalies who would lay legitimate claim to a roster spot. Of the 5, three aren’t exactly having stellar seasons, while 1 is stuck in a platoon situation that he can’t control.
The other is Craig Anderson.
While Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick, Ryan Miller and Jimmy Howard have all had their struggles, Anderson has rolled along seamlessly this season and has put himself in the mix for at least one of the three roster spots. Cory Schneider got off to a slow start, but has righted the ship and should be in the mix to be the starter.
Don’t discount completely Tim Thomas, who has made it known that he intends to come back after a 1 year hiatus, however the fact that as of right now he would have to do it with the New York Islanders might change his mind. And how sharp would he be after taking an entire year off?
Anderson was named as an alternate heading into Vancouver 2010, behind Thomas, Miller and Quick. With Schneider joining the mix and Anderson playing out of his mind, who will get the nod in a year’s time?
Anderson out-duelled Miller Tuesday night in a game that USA Hockey no doubt kept their eye on. Could Anderson be staring down Team Canada next February?