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Grading Gustavsson

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

“It’s tough right now to judge (him) on wins and losses, because sometimes Jonas has played relatively good and he doesn’t win,” said Maple Leafs goalie guru, Francois Allaire. “We have to keep working, working, working. To make sure one day we can reach the consistency we need as a team.”

Slight translation: Until the Leafs get better, score more, tighten up defensively, the complete picture of Gustavsson as an NHL goalie will not emerge.

He is 62 games into his NHL career and even his coach isn’t completely certain of what to make of him. Sixty-two games should be enough to develop a book of some kind, but this story is incomplete and the final chapters, really, could go either way.

“For me, goalie wise, we’re going in the right direction,” Allaire said. “We see some progress. We see something better than last year. But we’re not able to show good stats yet.”

The statistics, unfortunately, are not good at all. Gustavsson is 40th among NHL goalies in wins, 39th in the very important save percentage category and 35th in goals against average. Right now, that is more Monstrosity than Monster. That would be fine if Gustavsson was a kid, but he’s not. He’s not Carey Price. He’s 26 years old. He has played his share of pro hockey.

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WingMan's avatar

That is a crock.  The Monster is not good, period.  He is much like one Vesa Toskala.  Makes great saves from time to time but generally lets in extremely weak weak goals at inopportune times.  The Leafs were by far the better team last night, and if the goalies were switched (Ward for Gustavsson) the score might have been 6 or 7 to 2 for TO.

It is easy to say the team is not good enough in front of him, which is generally true but the goalie at least has to make some stops.  For me, the decision is an easy one as to whether Gustavsson is the goalie of the future.  No.  If he comes cheap, I have no problem with them keeping him around if need be… but he should not be considered the starter.

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 12/29/10 at 01:10 PM ET

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