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Anaheim Ducks 2014-15 Goalie Preview

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The Ducks have a handful of young, talented (but largely untested) goalies, a veteran backup, and a couple of unknowns. Why did we get rid of Jonas Hiller again?

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Frederik Andersen

2014 Stats: With Anaheim Regular Season: 28 GP, 20-5-0 (W-L-OT), 0 SO, 2.29 GAA, .923 SV%; Playoffs: 7 GP, 3-2 (W-L), 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .899 SV%. With Norfolk Regular Season: 4 GP, 245 MIN, 3-1-0 (W-L-OT), 1 SO, 1.96 GAA. .939 SV%

Trending: Up.

Reasoning: After (even before, really) the departure of Jonas Hiller, Andersen became our starting goalie. Even though this season won't be smooth sailing, I anticipate that he rises to the occasion.

John Gibson

2014 Stats: With Anaheim Regular Season: 3 GP, 3-0-0 (W-L-OT), 1 SO, 1.33 GAA, .954 SV%; Playoffs: 4 GP, 2-2 (W-L), 1 SO, 2.70 GAA, .919 SVS%. With Norfolk Regular Season: 46 GP, 21-17-4 (W-L-OT), 5 SO, 2.34 GAA, .919 SV%; Playoffs: 6 GP, 4-2 (W-L), 1 SO, 1.45 GAA, .955 SV%.

Trending: Down.

Reasoning: Not to be gloomy, but I am genuinely terrified about John Gibson. Despite overachieving in the 2014 postseason, he is simply not ready to be an NHL backup. The Ducks have already rushed his development, and I fear - especially after his poor performance this preseason - that he is headed for "bust" territory.

Igor Bobkov

2014 Stats: With Norfolk Regular Season: 10 GP, 5-3-1 (W-L-OT), 0 SO, 2.43 GAA, .919 SV%; With Utah (ECHL) Regular Season: 29 GP, 17-8-4 (W-L-OT), 2 SO, 2.04 GAA, .921 SV%; Playoffs: 2 GP, 10-2 (W-L), 0 SO, 3.23 GAA, .881 SV%.

Trending: Even.

Reasoning: Bobkov is a curious case. Gibson has passed him in the Ducks' "goalie of the future" hierarchy a while ago, and Bobkov seems to be stagnating. He will spend a lot of time in Norfolk, and I wouldn't be surprised if he makes a jump to the KHL at the end of the season.

Jason LaBarbera

2014 Stats: With Edmonton Regular Season: 7 GP, 1-3-0 (W-L-OT), 0 SO, 3.28 GAA, .870 SV%; With Oklahoma City (AHL) Regular Season: 2 GP, 0-1-1 (W-L-OT), 0 SO, 1.93 GAA, .953 SV%; With Rockford (AHL) Regular Season: 32 GP, 15-15-2 (W-L-OT), 0 SO, 2.94 GAA, .901 SV%

Trending: Up.

Reasoning: LaBarbera was presumably signed to be the number one goalie in Norfolk, but I have a feeling we will see him behind Andersen with the big club (especially if Gibson continues to falter in the regular season). As a veteran backup, he has the potential to add some stability to a roster that seems to be constantly in flux.

Ryan Faragher

2014 Stats: With St. Cloud State (NCAA) Regular Season: 35 GP, 20-9-4 (W-L-OT), 1 SO, 2.79 GAA, .905 SV%

Trending: Even.

Reasoning: Faragher was signed as a college free agent, and this will be his big year to prove himself. Expect him to get a long look in the ECHL. It is difficult to say whether his game will translate to the professional ranks.

Etienne Marcoux

2014 Stats: With Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) Regular Season: 50 GP, 26-15-7 (W-L-OT), 3 SO, 2.84 GAA, .894 SV%; Playoffs: 20 GP, 10-9 (W-L), 0 SO, 2.29 GAA, .915 SV%

Trending: Even.

Reasoning: Marcoux attended Ducks training camp on a professional try-out (PTO), and signed a deal with Norfolk on September 11 Like Faragher, he will most likely split time between Norfolk and Utah.

And once again for good measure: Why did we get rid of Jonas Hiller again?