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McMatthews 01-28-2012 12:57 PM

G Garret Sparks (2011, 190th, TOR)
For some of you OHL followers out there. Sparks was drafted late in the 2011 draft and seems to have improved by quite a bit in his sophomore season. He has 3 shutouts in his last 5 games and has really started to lead the Guelph Storm to a playoff spot.

The Toronto Maple Leafs seemed very high on him at the draft and were pleased to pick him up with the 190th overall pick.

For those of you who have had an opportunity to watch the kid, do you have any thoughts?

StormSurge9 01-28-2012 04:41 PM

He's been amazing over the past while. Only 5 goals allowed in his past 5 games, 4 of those against were on the PP.

Right now he's keeping the Storm in the playoff picture.

Future 01-28-2012 09:49 PM

Really high on this kid. He has just gotten better and better since being drafted.

IBLeaf* 01-28-2012 10:08 PM

Loving the goaltending depth the Leafs have.

StormSurge9 01-28-2012 11:29 PM

Allowed 2 goals on 40 shots for yet another win tonight.

It's quite amazing when you can consider that one of his weaker games in the past two weeks.

HockeyNightInBelfast 01-29-2012 09:35 AM

It sure is good to see a Leafs goalie being drafted for a change & excelling in his first post-draft season.

Early days yet but promising prospect.

I think there had been some concern as to whether he could win the starters job this season so clearly he has managed to do this AND MORE!

Terriffic news!


StormSurge9 01-29-2012 09:49 AM


Originally Posted by Culture Vulture (Post 43251121)
It sure is good to see a Leafs goalie being drafted for a change & excelling in his first post-draft season.

Early days yet but promising prospect.

I think there had been some concern as to whether he could win the starters job this season so clearly he has managed to do this AND MORE!

Terriffic news!


It wasn't really about winning the startes job, he was the unquestioned starter coming into the season. It was more about showing consistencey that he didn't show last year. Although it was hard to be consistent last year when he wasn't playing every game.

It will be interesting to see how he plays today. He played Friday, Saturday and I believe he is expected to be in between the pipes for today's afternoon game against rival Kitchener.

bobermay 12-09-2012 04:02 PM

Statistically wise, it looks like Sparks has been lights out since his rough start. Can anybody who has caught Guelph games add any input? I've been to busy at school this semester, but will try and catch a couple storm games next semester!

Leafs87 12-09-2012 04:27 PM


Originally Posted by IBLeaf* (Post 43242333)
Loving the goaltending depth the Leafs have.

Problem is we are still missing the potential starter.

RipCityPuckers 12-09-2012 05:21 PM


Originally Posted by Leafs87 (Post 56401799)
Problem is we are still missing the potential starter.

Way to premature for that - goalies take time

Any one of Reimer, Scrivens, Owuya or Sparks could develop well enough to be a starter

3 Minute Minor 04-07-2013 06:25 PM

Has Leafland caught wind of this kid yet?

He's been really impressive since being drafted and just had a big game yesterday in his first AHL game with the Marlies in Newfoundland so I'm expecting the over hype to begin. All seriousness he looks like a really solid prospect for the Leafs who have a surprisingly deep pool of goalies right now considering that's the area people like to rip on the Leafs the most about.

RealisticLeaf55 04-07-2013 06:34 PM

Leafs fan base has not caught a glimpse of him just yet. Been keeping a close eye on his and so far he is looking very promising. Could very well give Owuya a run for his money in due time.

However; Drew Mcintyre has been the story so far.

stormtracker 04-07-2013 06:45 PM

In response to the request for information about those who have observed Garrett Sparks, I have seen over 50 of his games the past 3 years. Sparks two years ago began the season as number 3 in the Storm goaltending hierarchy behind Brandon Foote and Metj Machovsky. By the start of his second season, he was the clear number one in the organization and did not look back. In terms of what is attractive about him as a prospect, he has continued to develop his talents and there is no reason that he will not keep evolving as a better player. He was a workhorse for the Storm the last two seasons as his coach Scott Walker had no faith in any other goaltender in the system including Foote as an overager last year. Sparks is very competitive and won a club record number of games. He also had the occasional bad game but was quite consistent in always giving his team a chance to win. There is nothing distinctive about his style which gives him the flexibility to play whatever approach his coaches want. You can tell from his twitter account that he is a bit of a character and by all information is well liked in the dressing room. Sparks was one of the three goalies for the world champion U.S.A. juniors. The encouraging news for Leafs fans is that Sparks came out of nowhere for the Storm and had a very strong career for them. Of course, you never know with prospects and goaltenders especially but if he continues to develop Sparks could be a very solid member of the Leafs for years to come.

KlattNazty 04-07-2013 06:52 PM

ive seen plenty of him as well.

when he is "on", he is simply capable of stopping pucks.
He has a really aggressive stance and kinda dares shooters to come down on him. Really fights for the puck in close which is good.

Has the tendency to give up soft goals.

416Leafer 04-08-2013 05:55 AM

Sparks has significantly exceeded expectations. He's from the same draft as Gibson and Binnington and was among the best goalies in the OHL last season. He wasnt on a particularly good team, but lead the league in shutouts and had a very solid save %.

Im excited to see him next season on the Marlies. The Leafs could really really use a late round home run pick. We havent drafted a 1st line/top pairing player... Since Kaberle? Kadri is showing he might break that trend, but he was a 7th overall pick so he's always been considered to have good potential.

Man Bear Pig 04-08-2013 07:59 AM

Nice to see him have a good start with the Marlies. Only giving up 2 goals in your first AHL game as a 19 year old isn't too shabby at all.

ErnieLeafs 04-08-2013 08:48 AM

I really like his athleticism, and his mentality.

Very poised, aggressive, and confident. He doesn't fight pucks, like a lot of young goalies do.

Canadienjet 04-08-2013 09:00 AM

I was at the IceCaps-Marlies game Saturday with Sparkes starting.

He looked good,seemed a tad nervous early on but that's to be expected.

In fairness the IceCaps cannot score on a pee wee goalie.One guy carries the offense.

IceCaps hardly tested him at times and did with 5 minutes left in the game.

snizzbone* 04-21-2013 10:47 PM

Teeder9 04-21-2013 10:54 PM

I lol'd. Good on Sparks. I never game him a chance in hell when he was drafted, but at least he's in the AHL at this point

Leafs87 04-22-2013 01:25 AM

I dunno if I can get excited it seems like most goalies play good on the marlies and then are meh (at best) on the leafs, with reimer being the only exception this far.

edruga 04-22-2013 01:38 AM


Originally Posted by Flowzie (Post 64427197)

What a boss.

jhoops89 03-16-2014 04:29 PM

I've kind of taken an interest in this guy, how is he developing Leafs fans?

snizzbone* 03-16-2014 06:34 PM

Been in the ECHL/Backup in the AHL. His AHL numbers actually better than his ECHL numbers.

Longshot prospect. He's awesome on his twitter account though, funny guy.

FishManSam 03-16-2014 07:47 PM


Originally Posted by hockeyjack13 (Post 81773287)
I've kind of taken an interest in this guy, how is he developing Leafs fans?

Hasn't gotten much playing time, but he improves every game, he's a really bright kid and I wouldn't be surprised if he takes the long road to becoming an NHL goaltender.

Now that MacIntyre's called up do to Bernier's injury Sparks should be seeing more time along with Chris Gibson, who btw is putting up great numbers.

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