In my interview with Lombardi, he talked about the possibility of the Kings signing a European goalie born between 1981 and 1983. Well, thanks to helpful reader Harry and the good folks at HFboards.com, we might have our answer. It seems that the Kings might be close to signing Swedish goalie Erik Ersberg, who was born in…drumroll, please…1982. Ersberg played for Sweden in the World Championships, which would certainly fit with Lombardi’s trip to Russia, in which he scouted several players.
Ersberg had a 2.39 goals-against average in the Swedish Elite League last season in his first year as a starter with HV71. He was named the league’s goaltender of the year.
If this is the guy, it could get interesting for him. Lombardi talked about the possibility of carrying three goalies at the start of next season, and he doesn’t want Jon Quick to be a No. 3 goalie, so it’s possible that Ersberg (if he’s the guy) could end up on the NHL roster at the start of the season.