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Canucks sign Swedish goalie Joacim Eriksson

Jun 17, 2013, 1:34 PM EDT

Joacim Eriksson

The Vancouver Canucks have signed Swedish goaltender Joacim Eriksson, the club announced today.

Originally drafted 196th overall in 2008 by the Flyers, the 23-year-old went 21-9-0 with a 1.67 GAA and .931 save percentage while playing for Skelleftea of Sweden’s Elitserien in 2012-13.

Eriksson then recorded a 1.06 GAA and .952 save percentage in helping Skelleftea win the Elitserien Championship.

Where he fits with the Canucks remains to be seen. It’s unlikely Roberto Luongo will be back in Vancouver next season, leaving starter Cory Schneider and AHL netminders Eddie Lack and Joe Cannata.

Canucks blog Pass It To Bulis has more on the Eriksson signing.

  1. 19to77 - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Response to a fairly poor season from Lack, I’d imagine. Writing’s on the wall for Luongo but they need a steady backup and Lack isn’t as sure a bet as he was a year ago.

    • elvispocomo - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      Lack wasn’t bad while healthy, but his injury was a concern for sure. It would have been ideal to have him play all season in Chicago and give the Canucks management a better idea if he was truly ready for an NHL backup role, as was likely originally intended by the second year of his deal being one way.

  2. tcclark - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Not resigning this guy was a mistake by the Flyers. Their reasoning was that they had a young talented goaltender in Sergei Bobrovsky and an up and comer in Niko Hovinen and now they have neither. The Bryzgalov signing is just killing this franchise. We need to cut him loose before anymore talented goalies slip through the cracks. A team with such a terrible history with goalies should not let any goalie prospects go unsigned. This is ridiculous.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      At the time Hovinen made more sense, coming off a great season and standing 6’7″. But then he fell apart. Eriksson was beyond raw at the time and they chose the more polished Hovinen. It was a missed opportunity but this kid isn’t close to a sure thing. He needs atleast two AHL seasons to prove he can adjust to the N. American game, which is something Hovinen couldn’t do. I’d say it’s no big deal, not signing an unproven, 7th rd European goalie, but that’s where the Rangers found Lundqvist.

      • tcclark - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        I don’t understand why having multiple goalie prospects is a bad thing. It’s not like we couldn’t have used more. I understand he isn’t a sure thing and he has yet to play in North America, but this kid obviously has talent and had enough talent to be the Flyers #1 goalie prospect. A team with as uncertain of a goalie history as the Flyers should not be giving away players like this. I am a big fan of Holmgrens and agree with most of the moves he makes, but this one was a mistake. We need all the goalie prospects we can get.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        Teams only have 50 contracts so they can only sign so many players. They made the wrong choice with Hovinen but that doesn’t automatically mean Eriksson will be a productive NHL goalie. And he wouldn’t be the top goalie prospect in the system right now… that title belongs to Anthony Stolarz, who tore up the OHL this season at 19. He’s a 6’5” netminder with a high ceiling who scouts compare to Pekka Rinne. But any scout will tell you that projecting goalies is the hardest thing to do, so neither Eriksson nor Stolarz are sure things.

      • tcclark - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        I understand that they only have 50 contracts, but do you want to know who the goalies were that year in Adirondack? I don’t think you do. We had 29 year old Johan Backlund, 29 year old Michael Leighton, and the ever terrifying tandem of Brian Stewart and Nicola Riopal. I can understand choosing Niko Hovinen over Eriksson but Brian Stewart?

        I am also well aware of Anthony Stolarz, I’ve been tracking him all year. He played really well, but even team officials have said that he’s at least 4 years away from the NHL. Eriksson on the other hand was the top rated goalie prospect in the Flyers system before Bobrovsky surprisingly made the NHL roster and became the starter on opening night in 2010. Then the Flyers signed Hovinen and became infatuated with his height. They thought they were set for years. They didn’t renew Eriksson’s contract, and then signed Ilya Bryzgalov to replace Bob. That’s right. The young goalie prospect that we had so that we didn’t need Eriksson was replaced that same offseason by the man who is crippling the franchise as we speak. How does that make sense?

  3. blomfeld - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Good-bye Luongo … :(

    Hejsan Eriksson ! … :)

    I guarantee that 99.9% of you people couldn’t properly pronounce ‘Skellefteå’ even if your life depended on it … well I can, so tra-la-la-la on the lot of you ! :)

    In all seriousness friends, this surely has to signify the end of the Luongo era here in Vancouver eh? I mean seriously, first Luongo’s swank condo goes on the market (ie: no offshore takers yet) and now a promising young Swedish replacement is coming to town. It’s kind of sad in way, especially for those fools who bought the $300.00 ‘Made in Vietnam’ jerseys which are now obsolete. But I’ll tell you, there’s one group of people who are ‘very’ happy right now and that’s the good folk there in Tampa Bay. Yes siree, the Bolts are about to enter a whole new era of glory and fame and they’ll never look back again … unless of course it’s to thank Luongo for another one of his ‘scintillating’ saves ! :)

    • ibieiniid - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      too many emoticons, did not read.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        Do we all have emoticon privileges? It would be funny to replace thumbs up and down with beer mugs (cheers) and maybe a Barry Melrose (boo).

      • blomfeld - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        “Do we all have emoticon privileges?” …

        The answer to that is “no” you don’t ! Only “I” Blomfeld and certain friends of mine here at PHT have such executive privilege !

        – Joey
        – Valoisvipers
        – Sportsfan
        – Badintent
        – Jonathan Quick
        – Dean Lombardi
        – Jason Brough
        – Cam Tucker

        etc ….

      • ibieiniid - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        what about Dustin “The Human Emoticon” Byfuglien?

        http://oi41.tinypic.com/ri80o0.jpg

  4. elvispocomo - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Good off the radar signing as more and more teams are looking to take advantage of UFAs outside the draft. On a team like the Canucks that are drafting 20+ most years for the last while you have to find those gems. Here’s hoping Eriksson and our other recent acquisition, Kellan Lain, can contribute to the club at the NHL level.

    Eriksson himself is intriguing. He certainly had lots of support from Flyers fans (as noted above) who are still looking for goaltending, and even if he hasn’t played a pro game in NA yet, the 2nd best goalie behind Markstrom for that age group in Sweden isn’t anything to sneeze at. Understandable after a poor rookie year in the SEL that the Flyers would favour a 6’7″ Finnish goalie when they had to make a choice for contract limits, but I’m pleased he’ll be with the Canucks (or their AHL affiliate in Utica) next year.

    • elvispocomo - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      Almost forgot to mention, but his nickname is apparently “Sunshine”, after the character from Remember the Titans.

  5. canucks30 - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Your act is getting old blomfeld.

    Also, judging by the number of times you post on Canucks related stories even compared to stories about your beloved Kings, it is becoming increasingly evident that you are a closet Canucks fan.

    • blomfeld - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      Canucks30 = disagreeable flotsam !

      Listen pal, there are ‘reasons’ why I may appear at times to be deeply captivated by all things Canuckle. And those reasons are of a profoundly ‘personal’ nature which I do not care to discuss here with you. Nonetheless, I am a hockey fan and a ‘free’ man and therefore it’s my right to comment on anything I want, anytime I want and any way I want. You ‘company’ mouthpieces can try all you want to silence our ‘voices of reason’ but you will fail. Our friends Stateside and back east need to know exactly what’s going on here and by George they will ! … God willing

      LET’S HIRE TORTORELLA NOW !!! … GO CANUCKS GO !!!!!!!!!!!! :) :)

      • kaptaanamerica - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        personally, i think Torts is exactly what the Canucks need to succeed. The guy coined the phrase, “safe is death”. he was forced to play a certain way in NEW York because of circumstances and roster issues. He used his offense effectively in Tampa and will do so again in Vancity. Especially if he splits up the Sedins.

  6. 19to77 - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    “Back then, Flyers fans were excited about the prospect of a goaltending tandem of Sergei Bobrovsky and Joacim Eriksson. Now Bobrovsky is excelling in Columbus and Eriksson is out of the organization and looks to be heading to Vancouver. Meanwhile, the Flyers have a tandem of Ilya Bryzgalov and Steve Mason.”

    Wow. Just… wow.

  7. kingsforever - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Goalies don’t really need as much of an adjustment to the North American game man….A shot in net is a shot on net, it’s not like he’s skating the width of the ice

    • kingcobraman - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      in the European rinks the ice surface are Olympic size the angles for the goalies is completely different than north American rinks … its like getting a new girlfriend

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