Rask or Pogge: Significant for Leafs Plans

Until now I have come to HTR and been a passive fan of this site. I find the information that I can access here serves mulitple purposes. Sometimes its informative, but usually it makes me laugh. Im refering here to the ridiculous banter that goes on and of course the insane speculations. I am a leaf fan (regretably). Yes it hard to watch them nowadays and even more difficult to defend. I have also read many recent posts regarding the future of the leafs and what they should do in order to become contenders again. Some good ideas and some not, but one thing which surprised me most of all is that there is almost no suggestions about Rask or Pogge! Were people watching the Juniors this year? To quote Pierre McGuire from TSN “Leafs fans should get excited about the future of maple leaf goaltending, with there two guys”. Rask was MVP, often stoppping close to 50 shots in many games and Pogge stood on his head to help the Junior win the championship. Both guys are leafs and should be brought up asap. Obviously Belfour is gone, and Telly had proven that he will never be more than #2. Aubin has been surprising, but they will need more in the future. I say bring up Rask and Pogge and the leafs could very well be in a similair position as Buffalo was this year for netminding. Some people will argue they are just rookies, but look at Lundquist and Miller.

I say…the leafs should save their money to spend on some forward and defence free agents. Let the rookies come up. See who does well and perhaps make a trade at the deadline by unloading one of the goalies for a solid draft pick.

9 Responses to Rask or Pogge: Significant for Leafs Plans

  1. Aetherial says:

    Which goalie do you unload for a “solid” pick?

    I don’t think Rask or Pogge. They are unknow quantities so far and I unload neither. Aubin? Tellqvist? Racine? … I don’t think any of these guys fetches you a “solid” pick.

    Goalies do tend to take a while to develop. I think the Leafs would be well-served to hold on to whatthey have or acquire an inexpensive veteran on a short term while the team rebuilds and the young goalies develop more.

  2. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Since when did Pogge facing less than 20 shots a game a the Jr’s become standing on your head?

  3. PaulK123 says:

    Okay, why not keep both like Minnesota did with

    Roloson and Fernandez, then unload the worst one.

  4. potvinfan says:

    Pogge and Rask will both not be ready for the nhl for another 2-3 years. Goalies need time to develop. If they rush tem they might end up like Blackburn(an early end to a promisig carrier).

  5. Turnbull says:

    Sounds like someone might be a tad jealous since the habs wasted a top ten pick on a goalie that turned out to be a bust. (not to mention the habs should have drafted a forward anyways)

  6. Turnbull says:

    Slow down,……it is WAY to early to start talking about rask or pogge playing with the leafs next season. Neither will be ready for at least another year or 2. Rask will be staying to develop in findland next, and Pogge will join the Marlies.

  7. burnz30 says:

    Pogge and Rask will be fine goalies for the Leafs 2-3 years down the road. Rask will stay in Finland till the Leafs decide to bring him over to the NHL. Pogge will spend the next little while in the AHL. It’s a mistake to rush these young guys. Just let them develop at their own pace. Your point about Miller and Lundquist is good, but both are older and more experienced than Pogge and Rask. Miller will be 26 this summer and spent 3 years in the AHL while Lundquist is 24 and spent 4 years playing in the top league in Sweeden. The best thing for Rask and Pogge is time. The Leafs don’t have to rush them, Telly and Aubin can take care of things for now. Even if the Leafs don’t think so (I think they can though) they can sign a UFA goalie to hold them over for the next 2 years. Don’t rush them and they will be fine. Look at the goalies that are on the younger side and had no real pro experience – Fleury in Pittsburg isn’t exactly tearing it up. I think he’ll be fine, but he needs experience. Dan Blackburn of the Rangers ruined his career by playing as an 18 year old and getting shell-shocked.

  8. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    ok, first off, the first paragraph is a suck up to make sure HTR posts your comment.

    secondly a true leaf fan is proud to be a leaf fan through think and thin

    Lunqvist is 24

    Miller is 25

    Pogge and Rask are both 19, gpoalies and d-men take a few years to become great, look at Fleury in pittsburgh. And aquiring a solid goalie like Luongo and Gerber can’t hurt for next season.

  9. LeafsLegacy says:

    Rask is still too young.. has shown inconsistantsy, but was steller in the WJC. I know many of want this to happen, but hasn’t proven himself to belong in the nhl. Pogge on the other had, still has to step up to even show he can play in the AHL level.. next year Pogge will try out for the team.. but if he doesn’t make it then he’ll for sure be in the ahl.. but Rask only what 18…? still unproven, not even number 1 golie on his team..

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