Looking Ahead: Antti Raanta, Brandon Hagel, and the Minnesota Wild Among Top Options

Andrew Santillo


I think we can say we're in the groove of the NHL season, most leagues are pretty close in the standing so let's try and go on a bit of a run here in November, let's dive in!

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Antti Raanta, G, Carolina Hurricanes (Rostered in 13% of ESPN leagues, 41% Fantrax, 45% Yahoo) – Anyone else on playing the chessboard that is starting goalies more than they thought they would be this season? With an injury comes a next man up situation which could possibly be the case for the time being in Carolina.

Canes starting goaltender Freddie Andersen appears to have gotten hurt (undisclosed) during Tuesday's practice and all we know so far is that he did fly back to Carolina and head coach Rod Brind'Amour said when asked about Freddie's injury elaborated by saying that he, "did something" …so take that with a grain of salt. For now, Carolina has yet to put any IR designation for Anderson but with a game tonight (Thursday) and Saturday vs Colorado, it's more than likely that Raanta will start on Saturday and a good chance he gets the starting nod into next week if Andersen is to miss time.

Carolina is on the second game of a back-to-back so by the time this goes live we could have more information as to the severity of Anderson's injury and with Raanta starting on Wednesday vs Florida it looks to be recent call-up Pyotr Kochetkov's net Thursday as the club faces off against Edmonton at home. With this, there's a chance that Raanta gets the nod Saturday, and into next week with the team on the road in Chicago on Monday and looking even further, on Wednesday vs St. Louis at home.

As far as backup goaltenders go you can do a lot worse than Raanta who has been fine in five starts on the season winning three of those contests, and if you need a goaltender for Saturday or into next week he makes for a good lower rostered option. There's a good possibility as well that by the time you're reading this we have more information as to Freddie Anderson's status. Again, no IR tag for Freddie so here's how I would play this if he is still DTD, if in your league he is listed as "Out" you can throw him on IR and make a roster move (if your league allows) before the Canes next outing where he could go back to being day-to-day. This might be the workaround to get Raanta on your roster, but if we come to find that Freddie could miss starts coming up, Raanta could be a good roster addition.

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