Earlier this afternoon, I wrote about Frederik Andersen’s workload over the past two seasons, and why it would be in the Leafs’ best interests to lessen it a bit. The reasoning and the target points? Well, you’ll have to read the article, but it largely comes down to him running out of gas down the stretch and targeting specific stretches that he struggles in with more games for whoever the backup is.
In an ideal world where playoff position isn’t causing people to sweat and the backup goaltender is capable, we’re talking about bringing Andersen to the starter’s league average of about 56 games and 3200 minutes, or shaving ten games off of him and getting the backup to play about 25.
With the Leafs holding the rights of four additional professional goaltenders, however, there’s the big question of who that backup goaltender should be. Here’s a (very early) look at each contender for the job, and where it makes most sense to place them---
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