The Hockey News player of the week for the period of October 1-4, 2009 is Colorado Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson.
In his first two games as the undisputed No. 1, the free agent acquisition posted two wins and a shutout, while maintaining a GAA of 1.00 and a SP of .973.
In Game 1, Anderson turned aside 38 of 40 shots against the 2009 President’s Trophy-winning San Jose Sharks, including a 19-save third period in which his team was outshot 19-1, to hold a 5-2 win.
In the second game, Anderson and the Avs faced another Western favorite, the Vancouver Canucks. This time, Anderson stopped all 35 pucks that came his way and the Avs handled the Canucks easily in a 3-0 triumph.
Anderson, who played in 31 games with the Panthers last season as Tomas Vokoun’s backup, signed a two-year deal worth $1.812 million per season with the Avalanche in the summer. Anderson was charged with the duty of being the No. 1, taking over for Peter Budaj, who struggled with the top job on the team last season as Colorado sank to last place in the Western Conference.
An honorable mention goes out to Alex Ovechkin, who himself is off to a fantastic start with three goals and six points in two games. Ovie notched three points against both the Bruins and Maple Leafs in the first couple games of the season.