Ray Emery is crafting quite the comeback story with the Ducks and he's got the feeling that there are a lot of people in his corner as he's writing it.

"Yeah, it's a change," Emery said Saturday, smiling as he noted the irony.

Instead of drawing attention with transgressions on and off the ice, Emery has people focusing on his dramatic ascent from being an injured goalie without an NHL job to possibly becoming the Ducks' starter for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs once they clinch their spot.

Emery underwent a complicated bone-graft surgery last April to repair a deteriorated ball joint in his right hip, the result of a disease called avascular necrosis, which interrupts blood flow to the area and causes cells to die.

After weeks of bed rest and months of rehabilitation, Emery, 28, won his first NHL start in more than a year March 16 and hasn't lost since. It is a reason he has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy by the Anaheim chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

The award is given to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.