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New Canucks goalie Eriksson excited at opportunity

Joacim Eriksson

Assuming Canucks general manager Mike Gillis doesn’t actually need to convince Roberto Luongo to report to training camp, the battle for the backup job in Vancouver appears to be between a pair of young Swedish goalies, Eddie Lack and newly signed Joacim Eriksson.

Eriksson was in town last week for prospects camp, where he expressed his excitement for the opportunity.

“I hope the better goalie is going to play because I want to be as high up as possible,” he said, per The Province.

If Eriksson can perform like he did last season in Sweden, he should have a decent chance to stick with the Canucks. The 23-year-old went 21-9-0 with a 1.67 GAA and .931 save percentage while playing for Skelleftea of Sweden’s Elitserien in 2012-13. He then recorded a 1.06 GAA and .952 save percentage in helping Skelleftea win the Elitserien Championship.

Where he might be at a slight disadvantage is his contract, which is a two-way deal that pays him $925,000 in the NHL and $70,000 in the AHL.

Lack, on the other hand, will make $850,000 regardless of where he plays.