Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson was born on May 21, 1981, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Drafted in the third round by the Calgary Flames in 1999, he was unable to come to terms with the club and re-entered the draft in 2001, where he was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks.

After two seasons with Chicago, splitting time between the "Windy City" and their AHL affiliate in Norfolk, he was traded to the Florida Panthers in 2006.

In limited action for the Panthers, Anderson put up impressive numbers, including a 53-save, shutout win during the 2007-08 season.

Anderson signed a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche on July 1, 2009 and beat out Peter Budaj for the starting job.

His career in Colorado began in triumphant style. He was named the league's first star for the month of October 2009, his first month with the Avalanche.

Anderson's first season in Colorado was a good one. He set franchise records for games played as well as shots faced, while posting an impressive 2.63 goals against average and .917 save percentage. Little was expected from the Avalanche in the 2009-10 season, but led by Anderson's stellar play between the pipes, Colorado earned the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

In game three of the first round of the playoffs, Anderson recorded his first post-season shutout in remarkable fashion. He stopped all 51 shots he faced, blanking the San Jose Sharks. Only legends Patrick Roy and Dominic Hasek have stopped more shots in a playoff shutout performance.

The 2010-11 season was the polar opposite to the previous season for Anderson. His goals against average and save percentage were among the worst of his career and in the days leading up to the NHL trade deadline, with free agency looming in the summer, the goaltender was traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Brian Elliot on February 18, 2011.

On the international stage, Anderson has represented the United States twice where he appeared at the 2006 and 2008 World Championships.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1997-98 Chicago Jets MEHL 50 2 2.86
1998-99 Chicago Freeze NAHL 14 11 3 0 0 2.56
1998-99 Guelph Storm OHL 21 12 5 1 1 3.10 3 0 2 0 4.74
1999-00 Guelph Storm OHL 38 12 17 2 0 3.59 3 0 1 0 2.73
2000-01 Guelph Storm OHL 59 30 19 9 3 2.63 4 0 4 0 4.25
2001-02 Norfolk Admirals AHL 28 9 13 4 2 2.95 1 0 1 0 2.83
2002-03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 6 0 3 2 0 4.00
2002-03 Norfolk Admirals AHL 32 15 11 5 4 1.94 5 2 3 0 2.61
2003-04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 21 6 14 0 1 2.84
2003-04 Norfolk Admirals AHL 37 17 20 0 3 2.11 5 2 3 0 1.84
2004-05 Norfolk Admirals AHL 15 9 4 1 2 1.83 6 2 4 0 2.36
2005-06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 29 6 12 4 1 3.32
2005-06 United States WC-A 5 3 2 0 1 2.36
2006-07 Florida Panthers NHL 5 1 1 1 0 2.21
2006-07 Rochester Americans AHL 34 23 10 1 1 2.56 6 2 4 0 2.87
2007-08 Florida Panthers NHL 17 8 6 1 2 2.25
2007-08 United States WC-A 2 0 5.61
2008-09 Florida Panthers NHL 31 15 7 5 3 2.71
2009-10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 71 38 25 7 7 2.64 6 2 4 1 2.62
2010-11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 33 13 15 3 0 3.28
2010-11 Ottawa Senators NHL 18 11 5 1 2 2.05
2011-12 Ottawa Senators NHL 63 33 22 6 3 2.84 7 3 4 1 2.00
2012-13 Ottawa Senators NHL 24 12 9 2 3 1.69 10 5 4 0 3.01
2013-14 Ottawa Senators NHL 53 25 16 8 4 3.00
2014-15 Ottawa Senators NHL 35 14 13 8 3 2.49 4 2 2 1 0.97
2015-16 Ottawa Senators NHL 60 31 23 5 4 2.78
NHL Totals 466 213 171 53 33 2.73 27 12 14 3 2.34


OHL First All-Star Team (2001) Claimed on waivers by Boston from Chicago, January 19, 2006. Claimed on waivers by St. Louis from Boston, January 31, 2006. Claimed on waivers by Chicago from St. Louis, February 3, 2006. Traded to Florida by Chicago for Florida's 6th round pick (later traded to Tampa Bay - Tampa Bay selected Luke Witkowski) in 2008 NHL Draft, June 24, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, July 1, 2009. Traded to Ottawa by Colorado for Brian Elliott, February 18, 2011.
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