Monday night, the Blackhawks made a move to bolster their goaltending depth when they acquired goaltender Henrik Karlsson from the Calgary Flames for a 7th round draft pick.
The 29 year old net minder has appeared in 26 games over the Flames' last two seasons, all while recording a 5-9-8 record with a .905 save percentage and a 2.79 goals against. Karlsson will report to Rockford.
Here's a brief scouting report on Karlsson, courtesy of faceoff.com :
Assets : Has impressive size at 6-6, 209 pounds, so he can cover a lot of net. Is also fairly technically sound and a cool customer under fire. Displays an excellent attitude.
Flaws : Needs more experience against the best shooters in the hockey world, which in turn could do wonders for his somewhat shaky level of confidence.
Career Potential : Big backup goaltender.
While it's unclear what this deal means for Ray Emery's future with the Blackhawks, it's safe to assume the Hawks' brass was not impressed with his performance last night in Phoenix. Carter Hutton may be closer to the NHL than anyone thought.