Will theToronto Maple Leafs Call Up Justin Pogge Start on Monday?

Derek HarmsworthSenior Writer IDecember 21, 2008

Brian Burke admitted when he got here that the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans would get a look at Justin Pogge sometime before the season is out.

Little did we know he meant so soon.

To his defense, he probably didn't mean so soon, but due to necessity, the Maple Leafs top goaltending prospect has been re-called by the club, and their is a prevailing thought that he may very well start his first NHL game this Monday when the Leafs battle the Atlanta Thrashers.

The call up of Pogge comes possibly at the expense of Vesa Toskala. Despite his strong play as of late (with the exception of the Boston game), Toskala had been complaining of a sore groin and appears to have re-aggravated it last night in Pittsburgh.

Toskala was sharp last night and made several big saves against the Penguins in one of the Leafs' better games of the year, a 7-3 rout of the Penguins.

Toskala will fly back to Toronto today and rest the groin. It is likely he will be out until after the Christmas break, giving him a few days to rest the injury.

While it is very possible that Curtis Joseph gets the start Monday, as the veteran may warrant another chance. The opinion of some people I have spoken to seem to be, "Hey, no better time for Pogge than now."

It will not be decided until the conclusion of tomorrow morning's skate who will get the start for the Leafs against the Thrashers.

Two different goaltenders at two different spots in their career, both with something going for them.

Joseph, a 41-year-old veteran, is one win shy of 450 in his career, certainly something he would like to achieve before calling it a career.

Pogge, 22, a rookie with a ton of hype, heralded as the future for the Maple Leafs.

We'll have to wait until Monday morning to see if the future is now.

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