So, I really really miss watching my Jackets...and I know it's playoff times and I'm still watching hockey but it's not the same without your team in the mix. So, I decided to highlight our goalie...Fredrik Norrena (and just so you know I had to go to the In The System section of the 06-07 Media Guide to find his information. He was drafted in 2002 by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2002 Entry Draft. He was Tampa Bay's 8th pick and was drafted 213th overall. He was born on November 29, 1973 in Finland. We acquired him from Tampa on June 30th 2006 along with Fredrik Modin for Marc Denis (and I won't lie we WON that trade haha).
This season was Norrena's first season in the NHL. And, he did such a wonderful job. He finished as the first goalie in CBJ history to finish with a better than .500 record. He had 55 games played and went 24-23-3 and had 3 shutouts. And, 6 penalty minutes which I just think is funny. He had a .904 save percent average...and a 2.78 goals against average. He played in 2 leagues before he came over to the NHL the Finnish Elite League which he had 220 games played 15 shutouts and a 2.30 GAA. And, in the playoffs he played 19 games had 2 shutouts and a 1.73 GAA. Then in the Swedish Elite League he played 147 games with 20 shutouts and a 2.02 GAA. In the playoffs in the Swedish Elite League he played 24 games 3 shutouts and a 1.83 GAA.
Say what you want about him but he has more than proven himself as OUR number 1 goalie. To think about what he did in his first NHL season is nothing short of amazing. He continues to impress me...and I can't wait to have him back next year!!