While many feel that Tim Thomas is the second string, I feel that Anderson is better suited for that, but only as of right now.
Anderson started getting buzz as a quality goaltender when he played with the Florida Panthers as Tomas Vokoun's back up.
He performed very well for them and gave Vokoun some competition. Anderson knew he was destined to be a starter in the NHL, but the question was where?
It would take a lot to steal it from Vokoun, who has proven himself in the NHL for nearly a decade. A new start and a new scenery was the key.
He signed with Colorado, and while many didn't find it to be a big signing then, many, myself included, believe it to be the best free agent signing this season (While I write this, Marian Hossa debuted earlier with the Hawks and posted two goals, he'll be the best pick up only if he makes it "third time's a charm" this spring).
Most people outside of Colorado, and probably just about every single person in Colorado, saw this year as the beginning of rebuilding.
The Avs would finish last, get the number one draft pick, maybe do a little better the next year, but get another top draft pick. Nope, not this year. No rebuilding for these guys—they're reloading.
Anderson is off to a great start and has the predicted floor team on top of the Northwest Division. In 26 games he's gone 14-7-5, and has a save percentage of .921 with a 2.57 GAA.
What makes his stats even more surprising, besides the surprising turn around of the team, is that Anderson has been without some of his better defenseman in front of him.
He certainly can fill in for a game if needed to give Miller a rest before the medal rounds or take over.
I wrote this part before he was taken off the ice in tonight's game against Florida. I haven't read what happened exactly yet.