Canucks add goaltending depth

Monday, 17.06.2013 / 5:02 PM
Tyson Giuriato

Adding depth between the pipes.

The Vancouver Canucks announced Monday morning that they have come to terms with free agent goaltender Joacim Eriksson.

The 23-year-old has spent his entire career playing in his native country Sweden. Last season the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder was dominant with Skelleftea in the Swedish Elite League, posting a 1.67 goals-against average and a .931 save-percentage. Eriksson took it to another level in the post-season with a staggering 1.06 GAA and a .952 SV% in 10 games en route to a Swedish Elite League championship.

“Joacim had an outstanding regular season and an even more impressive playoff run as Skelleftea dominated opponents in every round,” said Dave Gagner, director of player development for the Canucks.

“His performance has improved each of the last three seasons and his all-around play has matured and he's developed into one of the most reliable goalies in Sweden.

“He’s a right shot too, which gives us a different look.”

Eriksson, a butterfly goaltender, was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in seventh round (196th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, but was never signed. Since then, the Gavle, Sweden native has done nothing short of excel in the Swedish Elite League, and was considered to be one of the top free agent goaltending prospects outside of North America.

With the signing of Eriksson, along with current goaltending prospects Eddie Lack and Joe Cannata, the Canucks organizational goaltending depth is the best it’s been in years, maybe ever.

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