Best Ducks Player (2009)

Jonas Hiller

You can put a telephone book to guard the net whenever the Ducks play, and it'd become a star, so strong the hockey team's goalie tradition is, but the case of Hiller is particularly noteworthy. He came to the Ducks to replace Ilya Bryzgalov, a key component of the Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup championship. And his potential is so strong that, despite spending most of this past season as a backup to perennial starter Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Hiller was the goalie who took his team on an improbable run through the playoffs. He led the Ducks to a monumental upset of the top-seeded San Jose Sharks (in one of the rare instances of a No. 8 seed defeating a No. 1 seed in any sport) before the team finally succumbed to the eventual champions, the Detroit Red Wings. Come this season, the Ducks will face their eternal challenge: Do we play the great veteran or the great upstart? Play the upstart!


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