Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Monster in Hogtown

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed goalie Jonas Gustavsson to a 1 year Entry Level Contract.

The prized Free Agent goalie of this year's crop has landed in Toronto. Gustavsson was highly regarded as the best goalie outside of the NHL this past season. At 24, he is just starting to grow into his huge 6'3 frame. A late bloomer, Gustavsson has improved his game in leaps and bounds over the past few years. He moves exceptionally well for a man his size and shows great instincts between the posts. After dominateing the SEL regular season and playoffs last year for Farjestads, Gustavsson will come to the NHL and hope to develop into a Number 1 goalie with the Leafs.

Fantasy Outlook:
The Leafs have made it clear that the oft-injured Vesa Toskala will come to camp as the Number 1 goalie. That said, both Brian Burke and Ron Wilson are hoping Gustavsson is pressing for the number 1 spot by Christmas, at which point they will look to trade Vesa to a playoff contender. Expect Gustavsson to have some rough patches as he adjust to the North American game, however he is a well-seasoned 24 year-old that could make a Lundqvist-type impact by season end. Lundqvist by the way, was a year younger when he came over to the NHL and dominated with the Rangers.

Fearless Forecast:
37GP, 24W, 4SO, 2.64 GAA, .911 Save%


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