Toronto Maple Leafs: Will Scrivens or Gustavsson Start Against Philadelphia?

Jamie ThainContributor IIIOctober 23, 2011

Ben Scrivens — Ready to Start in the NHL?
Ben Scrivens — Ready to Start in the NHL?Claus Andersen/Getty Images

With Ben Scrivens likely to be called up to the big club, Ron Wilson will need to make a decision on who to start on Monday. It might seem obvious to start Jonas Gustavsson and keep Scrivens as the backup goaltender. But if the prognosis on Reimer is a short one, it also might be a quick opportunity to see Scrivens in action. 

While I fully expect them to start Gus to help build his confidence and get his game back to NHL starting levels. Jonas was back in the net with his gloves in and down for most of the night against Montreal. When he is beaming with confidence, he is up with the gloves big and aggressive. Challenging shooters. Gus needs to be Gus.

The secret of goalies of course, is lots of the stops come from being in the proper position and letting the puck hit you. Gus is big and great at that and we want him to increase in confidence.  

Jonas is a good goalie and this year is going to prove whether he is ready for the NHL or not. 

In preseason, Scrivens looked like the strongest of the three goalies and it might behoove Ron Wilson to take a look at him in an actual NHL game.

While Scrivens has a 3-1 record in the AHL with a 3.22 GAA and a .889 save percentage, he has been winning consistently, recently recording an OT win on Saturday night against Rochester. Two of the goals against were due to turnovers, one of them made directly by Joe Colborne. 

"I don't like mistakes,'' Eakins said of Colborne "And the first one he made cost us a goal," from the Marlies official Web site. 

The Marlies don't play again until Wednesday so Scrivens could come and play and then let Rynnas start the game on Wednesday. 

Who should start Monday's game — Gustavsson or Scrivens?