Freddie Andersen photo: Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire

Frederik Andersen continues to be one of the best goalies in the NHL this season, so we’re going back to the Carolina Hurricanes Vezina Trophy candidate for this week’s Pro Reads.

Andersen was the second NHL goalie ever to take part in Pro Reads, trailing only Carey Price with his video breakdown debut while with the Toronto Maple Leafs. But it had been 14 months between appearances in this space for Andersen, so we were excited to catch up with him excelling as the new No. 1 for the Hurricanes and to share this fresh film work. 


Andersen is facing Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanafin on a breakaway after being sent in alone by Johnny Gaudreau. It’s the perfect chance to talk about the tactics that have made Andersen one of the top goalies in the NHL this season against breakaways, which is important since only two goalies (Thatcher Demko and Andrei Vasilevsky) have faced more than his 58.

What do you think of Andersen’s position as Hanafin reaches the top of the faceoff circles above? Now take a look at Andersen’s positioning as Hanafin gets to the has marks:

Anything that jumps out at you as a good rule of thumb for managing breakaways?


Of course, speed matters on a breakaway so let’s look at the entire sequence in real time:

Before Andersen shares his insights into breakaways, we’ll ask the same question as we did after the freeze frames: Are there any general guidelines you follow on breakaways that you can see being used here? Any key points for depth you noticed in Andersen’s approach?


Let’s hear from Andersen and get his breakdown on breakaways.

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