Monday afternoon, the Anaheim Ducks announced the signing of swedish goalie Viktor Fasth, 29. Fasth has been named the Swedish Elite League’s Goaltender of the Year for the last two years, first to achieve that since Henrik Lundqvist won it three straight times in the mid 2000’s. He is listed at 6’0″, 192 lbs. This past year with AIK Stockholm, Fasth recorded five shutouts and registered a 2.12 GAA and .931 %. He was among the leaders in basically every category among goaltenders in the SEL. In 12 playoff games, Fasth had one shutout and had a 2.79 GAA and .921 %.
Fasth has also recorded a lot of ice time in international competitions. In the 2012 IIHF World Championships, he went 4-2 with a 2.34 GAA and .902 %. He faired much better in the 2011 IIHF World Championships, as he led Sweden to a silver medal with a 6-1 record and a 1.71 GAA and .946%. He was named the 2011 IIHF World Championships MVP and best goaltender. As for my expectations of Fasth, I believe he will definitely see a lot of time during the preseason and I think he will most likely be Hiller’s backup and Jeff Deslauriers will be the starting goaltender for the Ducks’ AHL affiliate. This also basically marks the end of Dan Ellis’ time with the club. Which I think is a very good decision since Ellis is getting up there in years and is getting injured frequently.
Fasth also had a short conference call with the Anaheim media, you can see the short script here.
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