Originally written on On the Duck Pond  |  Last updated 11/18/14

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 11: Jonas Hiller #1 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the New Jersey Devils during their NHL game at the Prudential Center on November 11, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Ducks 3-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Anaheim Ducks are not lacking in past winners of the Masterton Memorial Trophy.  Teemu Selanne, Jason Blake and Saku Koivu have all won the award in the past.  The award is presented annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

There is one nominee per team each year.  This year, the Ducks nominee is goaltender Jonas Hiller.

“Jonas faced a lot of adversity over the past year and responded tremendously,” said GM Bob Murray. “His performance this season makes him an ideal candidate for the 2011-12 Masterton Trophy.”

Hiller was on pace to be a Vezina trophy nominee last season when he was hit with vertigo.  He only appeared in three games following the All-Star break.  After needing the entire summer to recover, Hiller has rebounded beautifully this season.  Prior to Wednesday's game, Hiller led all NHL goaltenders in appearances (68) and starts (68). He is one start shy of setting a franchise record for most starts in a single season by an Anaheim goaltender and one game from matching Guy Hebert’s club mark for most appearances in a single season.

Hiller has posted a 28-27-11 record with a 2.54 goals-against average (GAA) and .912 save percentage (SV%).

Considering that recovery from his vertigo appeared slim, Hiller has beaten the odds and clearly is a deserving nominee.

Other nominees include former Ducks goaltender Ray Emery, who actually was signed by Anaheim last season after it was clear Hiller was not going to be coming back any time soon.  Emery, who had recovered from avascular necrosis in his hip, had not played for nearly an entire year when he joined the Ducks.  Emery helped the Ducks sneak into the playoffs and performed admirably.  He is now in the Chicago Blackhawks line up.

Dan Ellis Ready

Dan Ellis who?  With Hiller in net so often, you almost forgot about the back up netminder.  Ellis was out with a torn groin since early January.  With his injury not progressing, Ellis headed to a specialist and ended up with surgery to repair a sports hernia, causing him to be out of the line up even longer. 

Earlier this week, Ellis participated in his first practice in nearly three months.

"It was enjoyable," said Ellis after the practice.  "I've been working with [goaltending consultant] Pete Peeters a little bit just to work on some small controlled movements and stuff for about three or four days. Just got to the point where I was ready to get back out there and practice. Get in some situations that aren't as predictable."

Ellis has appeared in only 10 games this season and has just one win to his name.  Considering the fact that the Ducks will not be in the post season, Hiller will likely still see the bulk of the remaining duties in net for the Ducks.

At least the Ducks have options.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Pete Carroll empathizes with Belichick, Pats in Deflategate

Max Scherzer thanks Tigers with full page newspaper ad

Ray Lewis: Patriots should have asterisk for cheating

Report: Cavs players believed team lacked depth

Richard Sherman calls out Kraft, Goodell over their friendship

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Brandon Jennings to miss 6-9 months with Achilles injury

Report: Josh Gordon tests positive for alcohol

Report: Yankees reject A-Rod's request for apology meeting

Jim Harbaugh has landed three recruits in 24 hours

Report: NFL tried to catch Patriots in the act

John Harbaugh: Bill Belichick is best coach of this century

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

WATCH: Opposing Packers celebrate Pro Bowl TD

WATCH: Sherman, Peterson hug it out at Pro Bowl

WATCH: Chris Berman is not happy at the Pro Bowl

PHOTO: Brock Lesnar's tramp stamp says ‘Kill ‘em All’

WATCH: Hassan Whiteside blocks five shots in 7 minutes

Duke unveils 'K' hats after Coach K's 1,000th victory

Irina Shayk dumped Ronaldo over cheating rumors?

Mike Napoli almost retired because of sleep apnea

WATCH: 'Saturday Night Live' takes on Deflategate

Should Tom Izzo be worried about his Spartans?

Five potentially fatal flaws for Seahawks in the Super Bowl

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Chris Berman isn't happy at the Pro Bowl

Brandon Jennings out 6-9 months

Josh Gordon tests positive for alcohol

Report: A-Rod's apology meeting request gets rejected

Harbaugh rapidly landing recruits

WATCH: 'SNL' spoofs Deflategate

NFL tried to catch Pats in act?

Bill Nye: Belichick didn't make sense

Is it time for Tom Izzo to worry?

Jennings suffers horrific injury

Seahawks GM: I love Lynch's act

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.