The Euro goalie?

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.

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  • BobMillersHair

    Rich – I found some info on Ersberg if you dont mind me sharing. Guy seems pretty good.
    Go Lambardi!!!!!
    Courtesy of Wikipedia.com

    Ersberg started his ice hockey career playing for Vsters Hockey in HockeyAllsvenskan (tier two in the Swedish league structure). For season 2005-06 he joined the Jnkping based elite club HV71. As a backup goalie behind Stefan Liv. Ersberg guarded the net for ten games in his rookie season, ending the regular season with a save percentage of .929. In the Elitserien playoffs 2006 he played in two games with a .857 save percentage.

    The following season he got his breakthrough and became starting goaltender for HV71 and was also selected for the Swedish national team in the 2006 Karjala Tournament and Channel One Cup. He is somewhat of a late bloomer as he has never before played for the national team, including youth and junior tournaments. In season 2006-07 he was nominated as the second candidate for the title Elitserien Rookie of the Year. On March 22, 2007, he was awarded the Honken Trophy which is awarded to the Swedish goaltender of the year.

    Season League – GP – W – L – T – GAA
    05-06___SEL____ 41_22_12_ 7__2.39
    06-07___SEL ____51_29_14_8___2.29

  • Anonymous

    OLK scooped HFboards on this one…Had it last night.

  • Sean

    How is the SEL compare to other hockey leagues in terms of scoring? What is the median GAA over there? He’s seems to be doing quite well by his W-L numbers however and seems like he can be a good pickup for free. Keep up the good work Rich and thanks for the info BobMillersHair.

  • kynen

    Well you can compare him to Lundqvists seasons:

    season___games_GAA
    01-02____20____2.71
    02-03____28____1.45
    03-04____48____2.17
    04-05____44____1.79
    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php3?pid=51269

    Or Johan Holmqvists:
    season__games_GAA
    97-98___33____2.59
    98-99___41____2.79
    99-00___41____2.60
    04-05___42____3.39
    05-06___26____1.95
    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php3?pid=36962

  • Jeffrey Dean

    Rich, reading your blog makes me feel like I am living in Canada or some other hockey hotbed. I’ve gotten so used to filtering through the sensationalism and opinion on message boards that I forgot what real information is like. Keep it coming my friend

  • McAn

    Since I live in Sweden and follow the hockey in the SEL I can say that Ersberg is a very taltented goalie. He’s by no way an NHL-starter yeyt. But should be a perfect 3rd goalie that can play a couple of games during the season.

    In my opinion he’s better than Holmqvist and for example Liv (who was drafted by Detroit and played with their affialites this year.)

  • JD

    Interesting to note that the Ducks signed Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller from HC Davos and the Swiss national team to a one-year contract. He is also born in 1982 and a free agent. The HC Davos website reports that the Kings and St. Louis were also interested in Hiller. I guess this adds support to the Ersberg story.

    JD

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