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Ducks Make Splash, Sign Swedish Star Viktor Fasth

Posted: May 21, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Anaheim Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks made a splash Monday Afternoon, signing Swedish Goaltending Star Viktor Fasth, as per Darren Dreger of TSN. The contract is a 1-year deal worth $1,000,000. It is also a 1-way deal, meaning that if the Ducks were to send Fasth down to the minors during the regular season, any team would have the right to put a claim on him within a 24 hour period.


Playing for AIK of the Swedish Elite League, Fasth put up a spectacular .931% Save Percentage and a 2.12 Goals Against Average. The 29-year old became the first Goaltender since Henrik Lundqvist to earn two straight Honken Trophies as the best Goaltender in the SEL. Lundqvist won the trophy in the 2002-03, 2003-04, and 2004-05 seasons.


In the 2012 IIHF World Championships, Fasth posted a .902& Save Percentage to go along with a 2.34 Goals Against Average. He finished the tournament with a 4-2-0 record, posting shutouts against Latvia and Italy in the preliminary round.


It is expected that Fasth will be backing up Jonas Hiller in the 2012-13 season, the reason why the team wasn’t afraid to give him the 1-way deal. Dan Ellis, who backed up Hiller this year, will become a UFA July 1st, and it is not expected that the Ducks will attempt to re-sign him.


The biggest change for Fasth will not only be the harder competition from moving from the SEL to the NHL, but also the size of the ice surface. He will be moving from an international-size ice surface of 200′ by 100′ to an NHL-size ice surface of 200′ by 85′. This will mean a new set of angles for Fasth to adjust to in the upcoming season.


Nonetheless, Fasth definitely provides a boost on the Goaltending front. Whether he’s good enough to be an NHL Goaltender or a bust, he will certainly bring an exciting veteran presence in the locker room.


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Iiro Tarkki, who spent the 2011-2012 season with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL, has signed with  Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the KHL.

On May 6, 2011, Tarkki signed a one-year entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

Tarkki made his NHL debut for the Ducks on January 8, 2012, against the Columbus Blue Jackets, after primary goaltender Jonas Hiller was injured late in the first period. He led the Ducks to a 7–4 victory and racked up his first career NHL win.

Iiro is the younger brother of goaltender Tuomas Tarkki.

Tarkki uses his big frame well to challenge shooters and cut down angles. He picks his spots well in going into his butterfly, and is fairly quick getting back up.

Meanwhile, finnish goalie Joni Ortio will play for IFK Helsinki of the Sm-liiga on loan from the Calgary Flames.

Ortio has good reflexes, rebound control and quick lateral movement while playing with great composure and poise under pressure. The young netminder can at times show flashes of brilliance and has the mental strength to excel on breakaways or shootouts. He will have to continue improving his overall strength while adjusting to the North American style of play at the professional level and learn to play a more aggressive style against the shooter.

Jeff Deslauriers

Posted: April 19, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Anaheim Ducks

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 The Good: JDD is a big and agile goalie who uses his size to his advantage. Even when he is down in the butterfly position, his upright upper body covers most of the net.  HIs side-to-side lateral movement is very good and his positioning is exceptional. Very hard to beat down low. Deslauriers  is very aggressive and challenges shooters. He has quick legs and a lightning fast reflexes. He is technically sound and has enough character to overcoming adversity. He exudes tremendous confidence, communicating with defensemen and taking charge around net like a traffic cop. He has outstanding reflexes and anticipation, and is very well balanced in his stance. JDD also has positive body language and is big enough to cover top corners when down in butterfly.  (more…)

Jonas Hiller

Posted: April 19, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Anaheim Ducks

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The Good:  For a goaltender that is extremely tall, Jonas Hiller is extremely quick and is usually in position for both first and second shots. Jonas Is an extremely positional netminder with great size. He excels in high-pressure games, but hasn’t had to play in many as a member of the Anaheim Ducks. Hiller possesses quick lateral movement and plenty of confidence in his butterfly style, and shakes off bad goals (and games) well. He currently h0lds  the Ducks record for season highest save percentage and career highest playoffs save percentage and shares, with Jean-Sébastien Giguère, the Ducks record for season playoffs most losses.

The Bad:  He tends to be badly exposed when his positioning fails him. Gets beaten upstairs when he goes down to his knees too early, and then not cover the target of high shots as well. He has had to deal with vertigo problems. While Hiller is a tall netminder, your best option will be to put the puck high blocker side. Hiller has a great glove hand but is not as good on his blocker side.


Sebastien Caron from the Iserlohn Roosters in the DEL will be returning to the NHL. This time….with Tampa.

Not much is known yet, but the Iserlohn Roosters website says that Caron will be heading to the Lightning, as his team has been eliminated from the DEL playoffs. An official announcement is expected on Monday.

Caron was a fourth-round pick in 1999 and is a butterfly goaltender best known for his great save from Brian Savage against the Philadelphia Flyers. This save came early in the 2005–2006 season with his former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The puck went off the left goal post. Savage then tried to tip the puck in the goal but Caron quickly scooped the puck up with his glove almost on the goal line. Caron was also known for allowing a 170 foot shot byWashington Capitals defenseman Ivan Majesky. He started the season as backup to Jocelyn Thibault and ended it as back-up to Marc-Andre Fleury. (more…)

Matt Keetley Loaned to Houston Aeros

Posted: March 5, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild

The Bakersfield Condors announced today that goaltender Matt Keetley has been loaned to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League.

The former Calgary Flames prospect is 12-18-1-2 on the season with a 2.97 goals-against average (GAA) and a .910 save percentage. This is Keetley’s second stint in the AHL this season as he was loaned to Syracuse in January.

Keetley will head to Abbotsford, BC as the Aeros open up a two-game set with the Abbotsford Heat on Tuesday morning. Keetley played for the Heat for the past two seasons.

Just on Saturday, fellow ECHL puck stopper Joe Fallon was loaned to Houston.