The Toronto Maple Leafs have been struggling with goaltending issues for quite some time.
The Toronto Maple Leafs tried to alleviate some of those issues at the trade deadline, but the Arizona Coyotes managed to get Harri Sateri, whom they had been trying to sign, out of registration. .
While almost everyone is probably aware that Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek have been injured, many may not realize that the entire organization is struggling with goaltending injuries. The problem on the NHL roster creates a ripple effect for the Toronto Marlies and, in turn, the Newfoundland Growlers in the ECHL.
Neither are entirely immune to goalkeeper injury problems. It might even be worth considering whether drills and training techniques need to be adjusted to limit the workload of the team’s often-injured goalkeepers.
Problems with Toronto Maple Leafs goaltenders
With Petr Mrazek leaving the game with the Boston Bruins injured, the Toronto Maple Leafs left without any of their real NHL options.
Jack Campbell, of course, was placed on the disabled list a few weeks ago with a lingering rib injury.
As a result of those injuries, Erik Kallgren found himself playing a role in the NHL this season, which was certainly not an expectation at the start of the year.
Taking over from Mrazek against Boston, he earned his third win for the team in Game 6. Not bad for someone who sat around fourth or fifth in the organizational depth chart not too long ago.
Joseph Woll also saw NHL action earlier this season and Toronto Maple Leafs fans may be wondering why he wasn’t called up over Kallgren, who was never tested. He too suffers from persistent injury problems.
So that’s the number one and number two for the Maple Leafs currently injured, with Woll the de facto number three or number one for the Marlies depending on his use earlier this season.
Kallgren, at this point, is number four in organizational depth, but frankly, he’s number one for the Leafs heading into their game with the Winnipeg Jets. He will be backed up by Michael Hutchinson, who was sidelined from a recent Marlies game in light of this, with the team not wanting to risk injury to the organization’s fifth pick, who is likely to be the replacement. of the NHL on Thursday. .
Moving down the list is also Ian Scott, although his professional career has been bogged down by injury after injury. The former CHL Goaltender of the Year managed just 7 professional games in three seasons.
Carter Hutton’s name can also be found on the depth chart, although his loan to the Tucson Roadrunners doesn’t look likely to be changed any time soon. That said, these injuries and illnesses are useful, to some extent, for those who wish to claim their right to a higher level.
This is indeed the case of Keith Petruzzelli. The former Detroit Red Wings draft pick really upped his position with the Toronto Maple Leafs with some outstanding performances with the Growlers and showed he can reach the AHL level.
Even he, however, finds himself afflicted with an illness.
This led to the Marlies adding Tavin Grant (who played in the WHL for the Prince George Cougars in 2017) and Trinity Western University’s Talor Joseph, the latter earning his Marlies debut against the Abbotsford Canucks.
The latest addition is Billy Christopoulos, who is on loan to the Marlies from ECHL’s Toldeo Walleye, and it looks like Grant was just a one-night addition.
Calling them despair adds up for the AHL side, but that’s the problem with goaltending injuries across the entire organization right now.