Erik Ersberg has emerged as the Kings new #1 goalie. The LA Kings were looking for a starting goalie in Jason Labarbera and Jonathan Bernier but Labarbera has been grossly outplayed by Ersberg and Bernier is going to spend the season in Manchester. It has taken training camp, preseason and 10 regular season games to convince head coach Terry Murray that Ersberg is ready for the starting role and he is not disappointing.
In 9 games this season Ersberg is 4-3-1, 1.96 GAA and .910 sv%. Last season he played in 14 games posting a 6-5 record with a 2.48 GGA and .927 sv%. He started in back to back games this week, against Nashville on Saturday and the Ducks on Sunday. Thats a huge confidence boost for the youngster and it tells the fans they have a new starting goalie.
Ersberg was signed by the Kings as a unrestricted free agent in 2007 after playing in the Swedish Elite League and spent a short 30 games on the Kings minor league affiliate, Manchester, before being called up to the big show.
Fantasy Tip - If you dont have a solid #1 starter or if your points are suffering because of injuries (Brodeur, Nabokov), Ersberg is a diamond in the ruff. He will start a majority of games and the Kings defense has been exceptional.