TORONTO – The Toronto organization has been well noted for being stogged in the crease and heading into the 2021-22 season; it bears no different. The goaltending talent throughout the organization has promise heading for the future, as the Marlies look for their #1 and #2 goaltending dup. With the season just around the corner, the Marlies staff will have to make some tough decisions as they roll into a new season.
Who are the potential options? Let’s take a look.
Last season, the Toronto Marlies saw minor improvements from the 2019-20 season from Joseph Woll. His mediocre 7-7-0 record was pretty representative of the Marlies’ performance last season. However, his save percentage went up from 0.880 to 0.892 in a season where he split time between the NHL taxi squad and the AHL.
It wouldn’t be shocking to see him with the Marlies to some capacity this season.
— Zack Power (@FPHMarlies) May 5, 2021
A name that has been kicking around the outskirts of my brain for some time, Erik Källgren has a decent shot at becoming the starter for this season.
Although you can’t call him “seasoned,” the 24-year-old has been playing in the professional ranks of Sweden for some time. Playing with the Växjö Lakers in the SHL, Erik sparked a save percentage of .911 while sharing the blue paint with NHL veteran Viktor Fasth. The development from working with vets is a tried and true recipe, but I can’t see Källgren hanging around in Newfoundland waiting for a spot in Ontario’s capital.
Speaking of sidelined, this could be the year that we something besides a Costco sample from Ian Scott.
The Calgary-born net-minder has been kicking around the organization for quite some time, nursing a few injuries. While at one point, the conversation was “Woll or Scott?”, it could very quickly turn into “why not both?”
Scott played five games with the ECHL’s Wichita Thunder last year, archiving seven goals through 45 shots on goal. Scott could find himself splitting paint with Woll.
— Hockey Hound (@HockeyHoundShow) September 19, 2021
Anyone who’s done homework on this guy knows that he’s an exciting goaltender. Braden Holt, at 18 years old, Braden Holt hasn’t had an extreme amount of playing time with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips but also served a minor role with the USA U-18 squad. The six-foot-one prospect has good AHL potential in the near future, but a tenure on the Rock or the other side of the continent in Washington could be of great value for the keeper.
While a 2021-22 AHL start could seem unlikely for the Montana-born goalie, I wouldn’t doubt seeing him playing a few games in downtown Toronto in the next few years.
He’s massive. He’s fresh out of Quinnipiac University. He’s Keith Petruzzelli.
The 6’5″ beast crushed the NCAA this past season and was a contender for the Hobey Baker Award. As goaltender of the year, he served on the NCAA’s all-star squad, all while providing a 0.926 SVS% and a 1.89 GAA. Unfortunately, at 22-years-old, cutthroat competition in the crease might have him floating in the ECHL for the time being.
If the Marlies could keep him around for a few seasons, I’d be excited to see him perform in the future.
— Spoked Z (@SpokedZ) March 27, 2021
— Zack Power (@FPHMarlies) February 15, 2020
As of now, Woll being somewhere around the Marlies seems probable.
With an influx of NHL-caliber goalies, a curve-ball could include Michael Hutchinson, who had a decent stint with the Marlies in the past few seasons. For Toronto, having two goalies with proven AHL (and even NHL) experience wouldn’t stray ahead of the 2021-22 season.
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