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Jussi Rynnas

Posted: March 28, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Toronto Maple Leafs

AP Photo/Don Heupel

The Good: A big goalie at 6’5, Rynnas takes up a ton of the net and moves extremely well for his size. Not only is he quick, but he’s also aggressive and has a very competitive nature that should fit in well with Toronto. He has an extremely wide stance that allows him t0 appear big in the net, and move with NHL-level quickness. When he’s crouching and looking through bodies, his glove is at a perfect height, something that takes practice.  He demands a ton of space in and around his crease and will push you around if your in his way. Combined with his skill, Rynnas is a hard-working individual with a fierce, competitive edge to his game. Most over-sized goalies are considered a bit passive, but Rynnas is active and agile. (more…)


Ben Scrivens

Posted: March 26, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Toronto Maple Leafs

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The Good: Scrivens has good size at 6’2 and he’s an aggressive goalie who likes to challenge shooters – but also keeps his game simple. He has a calm demeanour in net which breeds consistency in his game. His frame, combined with his ability to move quickly between the pipes allows him to get in front of the puck quickly. He’s shown success at the NCAA level and is now translating that success into his early pro career. Like most NCAA players, he’ll need to develop consistency over a longer season and not fizzle out. Scrivens solidified himself as the starting goalie in the Marlies organization, and unless goaltending help is found, Scrivens may have a good chance to make the Leafs next season. Despite finishing his short NHL stint with a losing record, Scrivens did impress and could make a solid career in the NHL. (more…)

Toronto Maple Leafs Depth Chart

Posted: February 27, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Depth Charts, Toronto Maple Leafs

  1. Jonas Gustavsson
  2. James Reimer
  3. Ben Scrivens
  4. Jussi Rynnas
  5. Mark Owuya
  6. Grant Rollheiser
  7. Garret Sparks

James Reimer

Posted: January 26, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Toronto Maple Leafs

The Good: At 6’2, 208 pounds, Reimer doesn’t have much of a problem filling the net. His style has been described as simply coming out of the crease and challenging shooters to find space around his large frame. When he is on his game, the lanky netminder uses his size to cut down angles and plays a controlled, focused game.  He also displays decent puckhandling skills and is an astute worker.  After playing in the minors as an almost unknown prospect, Reimer stole the show last season, wrestling the starting role away from JS-Giguiere. Reimer works very hard and never quits on a play, and strives to play better each and every game. The most noticeable aspect of Reimer’s butterfly style is his wide stance. He sets up with a very low crouch, flared out feet and with hands held very tight to his sides. When the puck is loose in his zone following a faceoff, gets even wider and does a good job of looking around and through bodies to keep his eyes on the puck. He likes to get very low to the ice, but still stay on his skates.  He is a patient goaltender that does a great job of absorbing pucks and managing his energy level. He will not dazzle you with acrobatics and he does not rely on flexibility to make saves. He is economical, passive and confident, and relies on his size and width in the net to eliminate time and space.  Observers have attributed Reimer’s success during the 2010–11 season to his ability to maintain his focus and confidence. (more…)

Jonas Gustavsson

Posted: January 26, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Toronto Maple Leafs


The Good: The guy is huge. He has a 6 foot 4 frame, and knows how to use it. He has been given the nickname “the monster” for good reason. He has a strict butterfly style, and rarely ventures away from it. He doesn’t get caught out of position very often, but when he does, he scrambles well. He has a knack for always knowing where the puck is, even on tips, and in fast-paced scenarios. His butterfly style allows him to cover the bottom half of the net very easily. His legs are so long, and take up so much net, shooters shouldn’t even try to score down low on the guy. What if they try to shoot high? He has solid reflexes to fall back on. Reflexes + Size is always a good combo. He is very good at reading plays. I’ve seen him get out of some very tough situations, because he knew exactly what the other player was going to do. He definitely likes to stay back in his net, more so than most butterfly goaltenders. (more…)