Leafs-Thrashers: Breath Of Fresh Air as Justin Pogge Wins NHL Debut

Mitch. Mitchell.Correspondent IDecember 22, 2008

The Leafs may have just received what the doctor ordered—their young goalie prospect Justin Pogge came up with a big win and a solid effort in his NHL Debut.

Butterflies and all, Pogge stood tall in the Leafs net, thumping the Thrashers on their home ice to the tune of 6-2.

Pogge finally got his chance—and he made very sure he was going to take advantage of it.

I for one have been waiting a long time to see if the Leafs were ever going to give this kid a chance after picking Pogge first in the draft in 2004-05.

The Leafs played another solid game on hostile ice, and it seemed very clear they were not going to let their young goalie down.

If I was Ron Wilson, Pogge would be getting the nod for next game also.

If Pogge continues to play well, it will also force Toskala to sharpen up.

The Leafs seem to be coming together as a team at the right time of year.

Moore, Blake, and Williams are playing very well, with Moore being very good on the faceoffs.  They are also one of the fastest lines in the league.

Regardless of what some hockey buffs think,the Leafs may not be too far away from being in the sixth or seventh spot.

I do believe that come 2009, a lot of teams in the league would sooner play another team than the Leafs.

Remember—my prediction at the beginning of the season was that the Leafs would hold down eighth place by Christmas.  Are we there yet?