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ST LOUIS, MO - MAY 17: Dainius Zubrus #9 of the San Jose Sharks (not pictured) scores an empty net goal during the third period against the St. Louis Blues in Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on May 17, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - MAY 17: Dainius Zubrus #9 of the San Jose Sharks (not pictured) scores an empty net goal during the third period against the St. Louis Blues in Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on May 17, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – APRIL 19: Frederik Andersen #31 of the Toronto Maple Leafs watches the corner against the Boston Bruins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round in the 2018 Stanley Cup play-offs at the Air Canada Centre on April 19, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs 3-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Frederik Andersen
TORONTO, ON – APRIL 19: Frederik Andersen #31 of the Toronto Maple Leafs watches the corner against the Boston Bruins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round in the 2018 Stanley Cup play-offs at the Air Canada Centre on April 19, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs 3-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Frederik Andersen /

Frederik Andersen

Before Lou acquired him: 125 GP, .918 SV%, 2.33 GAA
After Lou acquired him: 132 GP, .918 SV%, 2.74 GAA

When Lou arrived in Toronto in 2015 they had Jonathan Bernier, James Reimer, and Garrett Sparks as their goaltending core. Bernier was originally brought in to be the starter for the future. But with a .908 SV% and 2.88 GAA in 2015-16 that role changed quickly.

Lou Lamoriello delt out Jonathan Bernier to the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional draft pick in July 2016. Just eleven days after acquiring pending-RFA goalie Frederick Andersen from the same Anaheim Ducks for a first in 2016 and a second in 2017. Picks that were used by Anaheim to take Sam Steel 30th overall in 2016 and Maxime Comtois 50th overall in 2017. The goalie switch was made in Toronto.

Andersen had only played 125 games in Anaheim before Lou came to get him. Anaheim didn’t view him as the starter they wanted. So the delt him and kept John Gibson instead.

With 132 games under his belt as a Maple Leaf, Frederick Andersen is just about where he was when he left Anaheim. Sure, his GAA is down by some .41 points, but look at his goals saved above average. Andersen had 12.06 GSAA for 2017-18. Good enough for 12th in the entire NHL.

With those stats Andersen powered the Maple Leafs to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2003-04.

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