Viktor Fasth's path to the NHL 

May, 6, 2013

Viktor FasthScott Rovak/USA TODAY SportsViktor Fasth might have helped pave the way for more European free agents.
DETROIT -- He was one of the best stories of the shortened regular season. Anaheim Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth came over from Sweden as an unknown to most hockey fans, but his anonymity didn't last long. When you earn wins in eight of your first nine NHL games, recognition comes quickly.

Fasth finished the regular season 15-6-2 with a 2.18 goals-against average and .921 save percentage, earning a two-year contract extension just nine games into his NHL career at age 30. His four shutouts this season were just one off the NHL leaders, and he did it in just 23 starts. He was as big a reason as any the Ducks finished with the second-best record in the Western Conference.