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10-04-2009, 08:02 PM
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LastCupUpNorth
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Toskala vs The Monster

Now, I've seen the two of them play... and the flurry of excuses of why Toskala shouldn't be considered for the zamboni driver position... but I'd like to point out of the two very similar situations, the HUGE differences and why Monster clearly should be the #1 goaltender...


#1: Defensive breakdowns

Toskala: Handles them by dropping to the butterfly and scrambling around the crease like some kind of fish out of water. Always plays the player and rarely follows the puck.

Monster: Handles them relatively how it's expected by an NHL caliber goalie. Makes himself big in net and does his best to follow the puck with some solid positioning.


#2: Positioning

Toskala: Plays bigger than he is. He needs to play the angles, because he's not a very large goaltender... but he plays back and gets caught deep in his crease. Gets lucky on some shots and scrambles, but generally always caught out of position.

Monster: Has some very sound positioning. Plays like a big goalie and can cover most of the net. For someone who's adjusting to NHL ice, he looks very good against even the top flight NHL talent


#3: Poise

Toskala: Has good games, has great games and has amazingly horrible games. It seems once the team has beaten him once, he falls apart. Doesn't have the strong focus to be a sustainable #1 goaltender

Monster: Calm and cool, he shows frustration but is showing that he has the constitution to shut down even after being beaten. He's no stranger to pressure, being in a very competitive league, so he has the maturity of experience in the professional level.


Bottom line, Toskala is a career #2. Gustavsson is built to be a top NHL Goalie, we're getting flashes of it now. It will take some time to get there, but he'll live up to his name

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