Viktor Fasth is a 30 year old first-year goalie for the Anaheim Ducks (technically not a “rookie” due to age), and he is off to a ridiculously good start. Here’s how the Ducks’ website describes what he’s done in the NHL so far:
Fasth, 30 (8/8/82), has appeared in nine contests for Anaheim this season, posting a perfect 8-0-0 record (one no decision) with a 1.78 goals-against average (GAA) and a .933 save percentage (SV%). The 6-0, 186-pound netminder is just the third goaltender in NHL history to win his first eight-or-more career decisions (also Ray Emery with Ottawa, an NHL record 9-0-0 from 2003-05 and Bob Froese with Philadelphia, 8-0-0 in Jan. 1983). Co-leading the NHL in wins, Fasth also ranks sixth in GAA and tied for seventh in SV%. He recorded his first career shutout at Colorado on Feb. 6, stopping all 31 shots he faced in a 3-0 decision. Signed as a free agent on May 21, 2012, Fasth made his NHL debut on Jan. 26, making 19 saves in a 3-2 shootout win over Nashville at Honda Center.
So uh, yeah. He’s off to a good start.
Because of that, the Ducks have extended him for two years, $5.8 million ($2.9M per), which is pretty amazing for a guy who has played so few NHL games. Almost as amazing as getting a team to negotiate a new deal for your client before he’s lost a game, let alone played a season. Stick-tap to dude’s agent.
More from the Ducks’ release:
“Viktor has proven himself not only this year in the NHL, but the previous two seasons as the top goaltender in Sweden,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “We are pleased to be able to keep him and feel fortunate to have two top NHL goaltenders going forward.”
With Hiller under contract until 2014 for $4.5M per, and John Gibson (of the US World Junior team) waiting in the wings, it looks like the Ducks are, and will be, set in net for some time being.
…And I’m sorry, but I refuse to make a “That was Fasth” pun. REFUSE.
The editor who resists the obvious “Fasth” puns in favor of “To the Viktor Go the Spoils” wins the hockey Punternet today.
— JapersRink (@JapersRink) February 20, 2013