Credit: Elizabeth Moffat/Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks signed 23-year-old Eddie Lack last summer, picturing him as the backup for Tyler Weiman on the Manitoba Moose, but as we would soon see, Lack was no backup.
Lack played in 53 games his first season with the Moose, recording a .926 save percentage and a 2.26 GAA. In the playoffs, he stepped it up even further, allowing only 25 goals in 12 games, stopping the puck 344 times.
This includes Game 6 of the second round, which saw Manitoba eliminated by the Hamilton Bulldogs. Despite the loss, Lack received the first star in the game.
Because after Hamilton tied it up in the third, the teams battled late into the night until Hamilton finally scored in the third overtime, but only after Lack stopped an incredible 57 shots. For those of you not so great at math, that means that if he stopped a puck every 30 seconds there would still be 7 shots left to deal with.
Also, did I mention that he’s 6’4"? And looks every inch of it. With legs as long as his, he could easily lose more than a few pucks through the five-hole. But the Swedish native manages to turn his height into an advantage which makes himself absolutely HUGE in the net.
The rookie also received a record four team awards after the season; MVP, Rookie of the Year, the Three-Stars award and Most Popular Player. This is in addition to being named to the AHL’s All-Rookie team.
He’ll have some nice hardware to bring back to Sweden this summer.
With Roberto Luongo not going anywhere and my next pick still on contract for another season, it will probably be another year before Vancouver fans can see Lack in a Canucks uniform. But if he pulls off another season as stellar as his first, then I, for one, can’t wait