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Vancouver Canucks Prospects Coverage: G Eddie Lack

VANCOUVER, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 25: Goaltender Eddie Lack #31 of the Vancouver Canucks during their game against the San Jose Sharks at Rogers Arena September 25, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. The Sharks won 4-3.  (Photo by Nick Didlick/Getty Images)
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Joseph TrentonAnalyst IIIMay 3, 2012

The Vancouver Canucks' free-agent signing overseas in 2010, Eddie Lack is becoming a household name in the last couple of seasons as the third-string goalie for the Canucks organization.

Eddie Lack went undrafted in 2009 NHL Entry Draft, and the Canucks decided to bring him to North America by the end of the 2009-10 season. In Lack's first professional season in North America playing in the AHL, he made the AHL All-Rookie Team. That made his career path similar to current Canucks goalie Cory Schneider, who made the AHL All-Star Team in his second season on the farm team.

Eddie Lack is listed at 6'4'' and 193 lbs. He is one of the biggest goalies playing the position right now. Devan Dubnyk (6'5''), Pekka Rinne (6'5'') and Anders Lindback (6'6'') are some notable goalies taller than Lack.

Eliteprospects' scouting reports describe Eddie Lack as a hybrid goalie instead of a prototypical butterfly-style goalie. He covers the net quite well, partially thanks to his tremendous stature, and he has quickness and agility to his game that is above average for a player of his size.

Canucks fans would all like to know whether or not Eddie Lack is ready for the NHL.

In a recent quote, Canucks GM Mike Gillis spoke about the future Canucks, including goaltender Eddie Lack.

"He is very, very close," said Gillis, "He will spend the summer getting bigger and stronger, and whether or not he makes the team is determined at training camp."

The answer of when Eddie Lack joins the full-time Canucks lineup remains to be seen, but the prospect certainly is grabbing the attention of many people within the organization.

Eddie Lack finished his two-year entry-level contract, and is entering restricted free agency on July 1. The Canucks will be working on a contract negotiation with him and his agent sometime between now and the opening of free agency. 

If Eddie Lack makes the Canucks, he will make the Canucks goaltending tandem very young, as Cory Schneider is only 26 years old, and Roberto Luongo is likely traded at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Below is a short video clip showing some of the 2010-11 season highlights for Eddie Lack. He shows incredible poise in his crease area, and pretty good reflexes to stretch post to post. Please take a look.

 

This is Joseph Trenton reporting from Vancouver.

 

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