Viktor Fasth was considered a bit of a coup by the Ducks when they signed him to be their new backup goalie but he wasn't even on the bench for Saturday night's season opener against Vancouver.
Might that already be an issue to be concerned about? Hardly.
Fasth spent last week sharpening his game in the minor leagues after going weeks on end without competition. The Ducks pronounced him ready by bringing him back from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.
In three games with the Admirals, Fasth went 1-2 with a 1.96 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. It was his first action stateside since coming over from his native Sweden, where he played his entire pro career.
"I haven't talked to the people down in Norfolk yet but he went done and did a great job," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said Monday. "And he felt great. I talked to Viktor and he said he was really happy when he went down.
"There were the angles that he hadn't seen in North America before. So there were a lot of positives."
Fasth, 30, improved with each start at Norfolk and finished his tenure there with a 19-save effort in a 1-0 loss to St. John's. It was his first action since November after injuring his hip and groin while playing for Tingsryd of Sweden's second-tier Allsvenskan league.
"The first game, I felt a bit rusty," Fasth said. "It took me about one or two periods and I was feeling OK. The last two games, I thought I felt pretty good.
"First game felt like I was all over the ice all the time. But the last two games, I felt better. I'm glad I got to play in those games."
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