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Vancouver Canucks Sign Swedish Goaltender Joacim Eriksson

The Vancouver Canucks have announced the signing of Swedish goaltender Joacim Eriksson to a two-year entry level contract. It will pay him $925,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 in the minor leagues.

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.

Eriksson, 23, is described by EliteProspects.com as “a good-framed goalie who plays the butterfly style [that] is very athletic with great reflexes.” Hockey’s Future has this to say about him:

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.

 

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