Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Erik Ersberg Leading Kings Charge

Erik Ersberg continues to win games and the Kings are moving up the Western Conference standings after a slow start.

Erik has been outstanding in his 4 starts leading the Kings to a 3-0-1 record. The overtime loss was a 1-0 heartbreaker to the Anaheim Ducks.

Coach Terry Murray has already indicated that he will start his 5th game in a row tomorrow night in Dallas.

I was fully behind having a #1 netminder at the start of the season instead of a constant carousel. Jason LaBarbera didn't play poorly, but he just lacked that big save ability. At one point the Kings were 1-6 in games decided by a goal. In Ersberg's 4 starts the Kings are 2-0-1 in one-goal games.

I can't help but ask myself, maybe Erik Ersberg is the ONE that Kings fans have been waiting for.

A lot of hype has gone into Jonathan Bernier and Jeff Zatkoff. Jonathan Quick is also developing well. Erik Ersberg is rarely in the discussion when people discuss the future for the Kings.

In 14 appearances last season Ersberg posted a respectable 6-5-3 record, with a 2.48 GAA and .927 save percentage. His performance was dismissed due to the Kings being out of the playoff race and playing without any pressure. I don't buy this either. It was his first taste of the NHL and that was pressure enough.

This year in 5 appearances he has a microscopic 1.93 GAA. What is it really going to take from this guy for people to start taking notice.

Fans and analysts have written off the Kings this year and every year until Jonathan Bernier makes his arrival. The solution could already be here. It has always been a size issue with Ersberg. He is too small has always been the knock.

He has late bloomer written all over him. Especially when he comments how the NHL has been the easiest league he has played in when it comes to reading the play in front of him. The players are more polished and he knows what to expect.

He makes big saves, he is a black hole when it comes to not leaving rebounds, and the team is playing great in front of him allowing less than 20 shots per game.

It is a little premature, but come January, you should not be surprised if the Kings netminder of the future has a different name than expected.

1 comment:

MJ Kasprzak said...

First, thanks for not leaving me and occasionally Ken as the only writers here.
Second, props for being the only writer here to take me up on my Pacific division challenge, even if it was on a counter-offer. And I'll give you a bone: tie goes to you. Points first, wins second, but no goal differential..if it's still tied after two, you win.

Third, I kinda felt like teams figured out Ersberg, but maybe he's adjusted. I also though LaBarbara made big saves against the Sharks, especially in that game in LA, but you can't argue with the results.

Finally, thanks to your Kings for making sure the Stars are reeling! On paper, they looked dangerous and y'all didn't, but your getting it done and they're not!