Frederik Anderson, Goaltender
Home Country – Denmark
Team: Frolunda Indians, Swedish Elite League
Selected by Carolina Hurricanes round 7, #187 overall, 2010 NHL Entry Draft
As part of the Nation Hockey League’s (NHL) Premier Exhibition Series, the New York Rangers will play in Gothenburg, Sweden on Friday Sept. 30th against the Swedish Elite League’s Frolunda Indians. This marks a special game for Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who will return home to Sweden to face his old team, with which he won a Championship in 2004-05. He will also be lining up against his brother Joel, who stars at Center for the Indians.
With so much attention being placed on the arrival of the Rangers and the return of Henrik, we thought it would be interesting to get to know Frolunda goalie Frederik Andersen, the player who will go head to head in nets against Lundqvist and try and stop the Rangers from scoring.
HTW – Frederik, thank you for giving us this opportunity!
Frederik – You are welcome. It’s always fun to do these kinds of things and reach out to some of the hockey fans in New York.
HTW – Frederik, quickly talk about the hockey programs for young kids in Denmark and who was your favorite goaltender or hockey player growing up?
Frederik – Danish hockey has been developing a lot over the last few years and you see that in the increasing number of players who are playing outside of Denmark. We have more and more young kids coming up through the youth programs which have leagues that go from Under 9 years, U11, U13, U15, U17 and Under 20. These leagues are the equals to the North American program such as Junior A, Midget etc. In my case, I played until I was ineligible to play in the U20 in my hometown Herning. Frans Nielsen(NYI), Peter Regin(OTT) and Nicklas Jensen(VAN) are some of the other talents that have come out of Herning IK. (Ice hockey club)
Then I played two years in the Danish league for Frederikshavn before I moved to Gothenburg, Sweden to play for my current team Frolunda Indians.
My favorite goalie growing up would probably be Patrick Roy but I also like to look at the current NHL goalies to see what they are doing well and try to mix it in my game if it feels natural.
HTW – How exciting was it for you and your family to be drafted by an NHL team, The Carolina Hurricanes and what did that mean to you as a player?
Frederik – I didn’t actually expect too much from the draft because I had only played in Denmark till then and didn’t really know what to hope for at that point but once I got the news about Carolina drafting me, my family and I were really excited about it. I wasn’t drafted in my two previous draft-eligible years, so the dream of going to the NHL had received a bit of new hope.
HTW – You were invited to the Hurricanes rookie camp this summer. Tell us about that experience and give us your thoughts on the Hurricanes organization?
Frederik – It was a really good experience to meet their great staff and learn what they expect of me and to get some education on what the NHL life is like and what it takes to be an NHL player. Another thing that was really fun, was meeting some of the teams other prospects that were drafted in ’10 and ’11. We had a lot of fun at the camp.
HTW – You made two starts for the Denmark National team in the 2010 World Championships in Germany last year. You stopped 36 shots in a 4-1 upset win over heavily favored Finland and came out on the losing end to a highly skilled Russian team. What was it like to play in that kind of tournament against some of the world’s best players?
Frederik – It’s always fun and a great honor to play international games. It was even more fun to beat the Finnish team! As for the game against Russia, they were just too good of a team to beat that night but it was a great experience to play against some of the better players in the NHL like Datsyuk, Malkin, Kovalchuk and Ovechkin, to name a few.
HTW – Tell us how you went from playing for Frederishavn in the Danish League last year, to now playing for Frolunda in the Swedish Elite League?
Frederik – I got to Frederikshavn after I played 20 games or so the year before in Herning and wanted to have a starting job there but Herning wasn’t confident enough that I was ready for that yet so I signed in Frederikshavn and had two really good years there where I won league MVP and had the best SV% the first year and won Danish player of the year last season. Right around the end of the season I signed a contract with the Frolunda Indians, which is a top organization in Sweden.
HTW – What are your thoughts on the skill level of the players in the Swedish Elite League compared to previous playing experiences you have had in your career?
Frederik – There is a pretty big leap from the Danish league to the SEL. There are a lot of players who have played in the NHL and there’s a lot of talented players who might get there soon. Another big difference is how structured the defensive part is here in Sweden, which helps me a lot with our great D-men.
HTW – Tell us about your style of goaltending, the strengths of your game and thoughts on any areas you may want to improve?
Frederik – I play a modern butterfly style and take advantage of my size. My strengths would be strong mentally, playing really calm, reading the game, good on my skates and handling the puck. What I want to improve on the most is to get better all around and get quicker.
HTW – What do you like most about playing for Frolunda and the fans in Gothenburg?
Frederik – The fans here are really great and they mean a lot to the team. I think we have the best fans in Sweden and playing at home is always a great time. I think we have most fans at the games in the league too.
HTW – How excited are you, the fans and the entire Frolunda organization, to be hosting and playing against the NHL New York Rangers, which will be watched by so many people in the hockey world?
Frederik – The team and I are really excited about it and there is going to be a lot of fans at the game to see Henrik back in his hometown. I’m sure that it’s going to be very special for him too. Also, this is not something you get to do very often and I feel very blessed to get the opportunity to play in that game.
HTW – Finally, what will it mean for you to face former Frolunda and NHL superstar Henrik Lundqvist in nets and your prediction for the game?
Frederik – He’s someone I have watched a lot, so it will be very special to play against him. It’s going to be a tough game for us. The Rangers have a very interesting team this year and they don’t want to lose to a team that doesn’t play in the NHL. Also there’s another fun match up with Henrik’s twin brother Joel and that will be fun to see who is going to win that battle.
HTW – Thank you so much for your time today Frederik! We congratulate you on your career accomplishments so far, wish you all the best against the Rangers and continued success to you and the Frolunda Indians in the future! We also look forward to seeing you in the NHL one day!
Frederik – Thanks a lot! Hope you guys liked it. I really enjoyed doing this.
You can also follow Frederik on Twitter @f_anderson30