The Vancouver Canucks don’t have to worry about goaltending controversy being the storyline for their time during the 2013-14 season. Cory Schneider is gone, and there is no longer any doubt that this is Roberto Luongo‘s team and he will have every chance to lead them to the postseason. He can’t start every night, and on Sunday the Canucks got their first look at his backup, Eddie Lack. As they went up against a Calgary Flames offense that is averaging four goals per game, Lack made 32 saves on 36 shots and kept his team in the game long enough for Mike Santorelli to net the winning goal in overtime.
Lack was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010, and was named to AHL All-Rookie team the following season as a member of the Manitoba Moose. He was solid in the AHL again during the 2011-12 season (with the Chicago Wolves), but a hip injury limited him to 12 games last season and required surgery. The amount of time he had off definitely raised questions about whether or not he would be ready to handle things as Luongo’s backup. He may only be one game into his career, but he was poised under pressure and drew high praise from head coach John Tortorella. The Canucks have been grooming the 6-4, 185 lb. goaltender for this position for a few years now, and if he can turn in a few more performances like the one he did on Sunday their patience will have paid off.