by PuckStopsHere on 05/22/12 at 02:36 PM ET
I am always on the lookout for players who are signed who might make a significant impact in the NHL. I pointed out the Roman Cervenka signing by Calgary. There is another one that I think could make a big impact. The Anaheim Ducks have signed Viktor Fasth who was the Swedish goaltender in the World Championships. He is a 29 year old goalie who signed a 1 year $1 million one way contract. He is expected to be Jonas Hiller’s backup goalie but if he plays as well as he might, he could take over as their starter.
Fasth has been a very successful goalie in Sweden.
He was named the top goalie in the Swedish Elite League this season. It is the second year in a row he has won this award. These are the only two seasons he played in the Swedish Elite League. He was named the MVP of the World Hockey Championships in 2011. This gives him a very good recent track record. He has been in lower leagues the rest of his career. This makes him a late bloomer who has become a star. A Goalie blooming later in his career is not an unknown thing among NHL goalies (see for example Tim Thomas).
It is reasonable to argue that Fasth is the best goalie who was previously not in the NHL. His career numbers also suggest that he is still improving. Thus he could be a significant NHL player if he properly adjusts to his new league. He is certainly one to watch in the 2012/13 season.
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