Physical: 6’4″, 203 pounds
2018 TLN Prospect Ranking: #7
Draft Info: 3rd round, 62nd overall in 2016
If it feels like it’s been a decade since the Toronto Maple Leafs had a goaltending prospect pan out, you aren’t far off.
Garret Sparks is with the Vegas Golden Knights right now, where may very well start off the year with their AHL affiliate. Antoine Bibeau? Currently starting for the San Jose Barracuda. The Leafs didn’t draft a single goaltender between Sparks in 2011 and Grant Rollheiser (!! I know !!) in 2008, and that pick yielded a four-year ECHL career that fizzled out in 2016.
Their last goaltending draft pick to log significant mileage in Toronto as an NHLer was James Reimer, whom they selected 13 years ago in 2006.
That makes Joseph Woll both legitimately exciting and a prospect fans are understandably skittish to get hyped on. If he manages to crank out an NHL starting career, he’ll be just the third goalie drafted by the Leafs since 1990 to do so — and only one of the other two, Felix Potvin, actually did it with Toronto themselves.
It’s been a rough go.
Still, putting aside the hard-to-blame terror borne by Leafs fans, …
Author: Cat Silverman / The Leafs Nation