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04-07-2013, 06:45 PM
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stormtracker
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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.

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