An experienced net minder, Craig Anderson had previously played for Colorado, Florida and the Chicago Blackhawks before joining the Ottawa Senators in a trade that sent Brian Elliot to Colorado.
Anderson started off strong with the Senators, going 11-5-1 in 18 games with the club. During his debut with the Sens, Anderson made 47 saves and shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 1-0 game on February 19.
During the 2011-12 season, Anderson was among the league leaders for wins with 29 in 56 games before being sidelined mid-season with a right hand injury. Anderson returned later that year to join the Senators in the playoffs against the New York Rangers and pushed the series to 7 games before losing in the final.
Craig married his wife Nicole in the summer of 2010. The couple have one son, Jake who was born in the summer of 2011.
While many players flocked overseas during the 2012 lockout, Anderson found European teams less willing to give up a roster spot for a goalie. Instead, Craig opted to join fellow NHL’ers, including a number of Ottawa Senators, in the Northern Lights Dream Tour, which included three exhibition games in Yellowknife, Inuvik, and Whitehorse (Yukon).
He’s hoping to build on the momentum of last season when he won 33 games for the Senators and carry that through to this years shortened, post-lockout season.