The future of goal tending in Toronto is here... Again. Justin Pogge has been called up for the third time this year making his third start.
After a win in his first game on December 22, 2008 a 6 - 2 win over the Atlanta Trashers. Pogge was sent back to the Marlies only to be recalled for his next start on January 27 in Minnesota, a 6 -1.
A 1 -1 record with a 4.00 GAA and a .810 save percentage is nothing to write home about, but it is a promising start. Combine that with a 2006 World Junior Gold medal win, which included an instant classic game in the semi finals against the United States.
Also, he has a 16 - 14 - 4 record with a 2/93 GAA and a .898 save percentage. Its easy to see why the first goalie to wear 29, since Felix Potvin, will be just as big of a fan favourite.
With a shaky goal tending situation in Toronto, which includes Vesa Toskola not playing anywhere near to the his full skill level. The opportunities that Ron Wilson keeps giving to Justin Pogge should serve as a spring board into the NHL on a fulltime basis and be a steady figure in between the pipes for the Leafs for years to come.
Pogge seems to be a staple in the rebuilding plan of the Leafs' brass. They just need to find a good veteran goalie to add to the mix to act as a sort of mentor to the young soon to be superstar.