Toronto Maple Leafs Add to Goaltending Depth, Sign Swede Mark Owuya
The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to add to their ever-growing goaltending depth. Brian Burke announced earlier today that they have signed Swedish goaltender Mark Owuya.
Owuya played for Djurgarden last year, appearing in 32 games. He posted a 2.18 goals against average and a league best .927 save percentage. He won a silver medal with Sweden at the World Junior Championships in 2009 and a bronze medal at the World Under-18 Championships in 2007.
Owuya joins James Reimer, Jonas Gustavsson, Jussi Ryynas and Ben Scrivens in a group of five young goaltenders in which any of them could end up being the Leafs goaltending tandem down the road. This signing also furthers the chance that one of them could be dealt in a bigger deal during the offseason.
He is another big goalie, standing at 6'2", 198 pounds. He was also a teammate of fellow Leafs prospect Daniel Brodin.
As described by eliteprospects.com, "A butterfly goalie with a technique that is not very developed nor pretty, but he has good attitude, self confidence and stops the pucks, which it all is about in the end. He has a lot of advantage being of large size and is pretty good at moving side-to-side. Has problems with high shots. Agility could still be better."
On a side note, Owuya is also known as rapper Mark In Da Park, and he appeared on the Swedish version of American Idol. So if he can't make it in the net, he could still potentially entertain the crowd.
Will Owuya ever play a game with the Maple Leafs? Who knows, but he has as good a chance as any of the other four goalies to be successful.
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