John Gibson is the Admirals’ top netminder. After a rough December, he’s rebounded here in the New Year and looked to be back to promising form. Frederik Andersen was called up early in the season to Anaheim and has been a standout back-up for the Ducks (only 2 losses and a .923 sv %). On January 10th, 2014….that changed. It’s a Freaky Friday!
At first, this move looks somewhat questionable given the play by Andersen and Gibson for their respective teams. Upon closer inspection, Anaheim is trading rest for work, trying to get the best out of both of their standout young goalies. Gibson is constantly among the most worked goalies in the AHL, a stalwart in the Norfolk crease. An injury he suffered against the Crunch probably gave him a concussion (no matter what Trent Yawney said), and affected his play until the New Year.
Along the way, he’s been backed up by AHL veteran Brad Thiessen and 2nd-year pro Igor Bobkov. After a disappointing rookie campaign, Bobkov has been a solid presence in net for the Ads this year. With Andersen getting sent back down, I hope that the development of Bobkov is not lost in the shuffle.
Then we have Frederik Andersen, who maybe hit being an NHL backup a bit earlier than planned. He’s excelled in most games, especially when he gets steady work. With Jonas Hiller having a nice season as the starter, Andersen has not been in net that frequently. Last night, he had a mediocre game against the Predators, giving up 3 goals on 26 shots. While a couple of those were breakdowns by the team in front of him, he’s going to want to be more consistent.
Thus, a change of pace for Freddy as he heads back to Norfolk, where he’s excelled. Well, technically he is on the road this weekend. As far as transactions go, this is a fair one and makes sense in both directions.