Jonas Gustavsson: Where Is "the Monster" for the Leafs?

Evan LeBlancCorrespondent IIAugust 31, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 08:  Jonas Gustavsson #50 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on December 8, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Penguins defeated the Maple Leafs 5-2.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Jonas Gustavsson has been given a few chances now by the Toronto Maple Leafs to be able to make an impact as a starter. He was a highly-touted prospect who put up excellent numbers in the SEL before signing with the Leafs, disappointing a few other teams who were talking with the Swedish free-agent goalie at the time.

After signing with the Leafs during the 2009 offseason, Gustavsson had a decent year with a .902 save percentage and a 2.87 GAA. This certainly did not live up to expectations, but it was his first year.

Last season was really a disappointment. Jonas had a .890 save percentage and a 3.29 GAA; those numbers are not even that good for a backup.

Gustavsson needs to work on his positioning with famous goaltending expert Francois Allaire, who is currently working with the Leafs. It seems like he is just over-committing too often, and though he can make spectacular saves at times, he needs to find more consistency.

"The Monster" needs to realize that he has considerable size and does not need to move laterally as often as he does. He sometimes makes a bad goaltending mistake by switching from post to post in order to locate the puck in traffic.

Leafs fans have high hopes that Gustavsson can find his edge and create more of a 1 and 1A system with Reimer in the coming years. If the Leafs make it to the postseason, Reimer could end up being really tired if we don't see more from Gustavsson.