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Viktor Fasth represents the most serious challenge to Jonas Hiller since he showed management they could shed the salary of former Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe award winner J.S. Giguere.

Now it isn’t just Viktor Fasth that Hiller has to beat out. He also has to create a margin of such significance as to justify the $1.6m  difference in their salaries. The main reason Hiller has to excel is Ducks appear to have another quality backup in Frederick Anderson and a future star in John Gibson.

It’s a fascinating confluence of pressure points heightened by the fact Hillsy is entering his contract year.

Thus far in his NHL career Jonas has met every challenge from the mysterious and little understood vertigo to his 73 game iron man performance in 2011-12.

This year he’s challenged by his health, quality competition on our Ducks depth chart to a very thin market for goaltenders, despite the obvious need of many teams.

It is just as easy to imagine Hiller traded on or before the deadline or leaving as a UFA, as it is to imagining him taking on all comers and having a career year.

It isn’t wise to bet against a guy with such a track record of rising to and thriving on challenges. While this one is daunting, I still would bet against Jonas Hiller.

Just like Hiller proved and a wonky hip proved we could move on from Giggy; it’s up to Fasth, Anderson and Gibson to prove we can move on from Hiller.

This is the brutal part of the business of hockey. You come to appreciate and respect a guy, like most of us did Bobby Ryan, and there comes a time when the best interest of the team is arguably, to move on.

Note: This post was drafted and published after reading this at Pro Hockey Talk. Factual reporting errors aside, I just didn’t think the story gave Hillsy his due. Wasn’t going to link it but google alerts is hyping it.

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Via Ducks Club News:

The Ducks will host their annual prospect conditioning camp scrimmages at THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE on Friday, July 5 (9:15 a.m.), Saturday, July 6 (9:15 a.m.) and Sunday, July 7 (10:30 a.m.). Fans are invited to attend the open scrimmage sessions, which are free of charge to the general public (scrimmages subject to change; for updates, check back with this site or visit AnaheimDucks.com).

Four Anaheim selections from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft are scheduled to attend, including Shea Theodore (first round, 26th overall), Nick Sorensen (second round, 45th overall), Keaton Thompson (third round, 87th overall) and Grant Besse (fifth round, 147th overall). In addition, former first-round selections Hampus Lindholm (sixth overall, 2012), Rickard Rakell (30th overall, 2011) and Peter Holland (15th overall, 2009) will participate, along with John Gibson (39th overall, 2011), Nicolas Kerdiles (36th overall, 2012) and William Karlsson (53rd overall, 2011). Five countries are represented among the 31 players expected to attend the camp, including the United States, Canada, Sweden, Russia and Denmark.

 

The learning curve on NHL ready goaltender development is 5-7 years. There are exceptions of course but Jonas Hiller, who made our Ducks as backup to J.S. Giguere at age 26 proves the rule.
Every drafted player receives an NHL EL contract but less than 5% ever receive a second contract. While it isn’t likely that we’ll ever John Gibson start an NHL game for our Ducks, his hockey resume is impressive.