Justin Pogge is an RFA when the season ends, will he be back? Based on Saturday night and even Friday's game winner in Buffalo, I would have to say no.
Pogge's had some chances this season with the big club to show that he is the man for next season, he hasn't dazzled. He's made six starts with the Leafs and has allowed 4 or more goals in 4 of the games, including 6 in 32 minutes on Saturday.
It doesn't take a Rocket Pharmacist to figure out that Pogge isn't ready for prime time. Pogge turns 23 at the end of April, he's not old, but you would think that he would show a hint of readiness for the NHL.
Some goalies peek early, some goalies peek late, some don't peek at all. By no means am I writing off Pogge, as a Leaf fan, you'd expect more out of the kid.
Pogge is a big guy and he takes up a lot of the net, the thing that I noticed about him is that he's slow up top. In junior you can get away with that, but when you play the butter-fly you need quick upper body movement in the NHL, plenty of high shots zipping over the blocker and glove hand.
Pogge was stellar at the World Junior Championships a few years ago. It seems to be a trend with Canadian goalies at the WJC, guys play stellar in net there and their NHL careers don't amount to much. On the other hand, you have Brodeur, Roy, Belfour, and Joseph who never played in the WJC, but their NHL careers turned out OK.
I hate to right off Pogge at the soon to be age of 23, but new contract time is coming, does he deserve a raise and an extension in Toronto?
Sorry I missed the ingame blogs on Fri/Sat folks. Sometimes you have an emergency situation and family stuff takes over. My apologies.
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Written by Kevin Gibson