This has not been the best season for Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson. Following an incredible .941 save percentage and 1.69 GAA in 2012-13 is a task the Sens netminder has struggled to duplicate. His numbers this season are significantly worse; Anderson’s stat-line is unimpressively .899 SV % and 3.36 GAA through the first two months of the 2013-14 NHL campaign.
The New York Times recently reported that Craig Anderson is no-longer in consideration for a spot amongst Team USA’s top three goaltenders at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. American GM David Poile has narrowed the list of potential American goalies down to six names: Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick, Tim Thomas, Ben Bishop, Cory Schneider and Jimmy Howard. Poile told the New York Times:
“We watch games every night. We do our ratings all the time. Are we working toward our top three? Absolutely. But we certainly don’t want to make a decision or close the doors on anybody. Someone could play well in December, or injuries could come up.”
Quote courtesy of the New York Times. Read full article here.
It would appear as though USA Hockey has in fact, closed the door on Anderson. Why name a list of six that does not include him if not to declare publicly that he is not in consideration?
Craig Anderson spoke with the Ottawa Sun about his absence from Team USA’s top six:
“I’ve got a family I can spend a couple of weeks with (during the break) or go for the trip of my lifetime. They’re both good. There’s no bad situation there.”
Craig Anderson was held off the 2010 American Olympic ice hockey team that won Silver in Vancouver. Four years ago, USA Hockey carried Ryan Miller (tournament MVP), Tim Thomas, and Jonathan Quick as its three goaltenders. Would anyone be surprised if that same three return?