He is expected to compete with fellow Swede Eddie Lack to become the Canucks backup goaltender this coming season. Lack was pencilled in to be the Canucks backup, but after missing most of the 2012-13 campaign, there might be a change in plans.
The Canucks signed Lack to a two-year contract in the summer of 2012 with the expectation Lack was going to spend the 2012-13 season in the minors in preparation for ascention to the backup role. He played only 13 games and struggled—posting a 3.00 goals against average and .899 save percentage.
The second year of Lack’s contract is a one-way deal that carries a cap hit of $750,000. The Canucks can send him down to the minors without having to clear waivers first since he is exempt until the 2014-15 season.
Ranked as the second best goaltender born 1990 in Sweden, after the more hyped Jacob Markström. A skilled goaltender with decent size, quick reflexes and good mental strength.
Eriksson is a classic butterfly goaltender with good size and respectable lateral mobility.
News 1130 Sports reports there were no promises made to Eriksson in regards to a NHL job.
Persson says the #Canucks made no promises to his client – he will go to camp and battle for a job.
— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) June 17, 2013
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