No issues in net at rookie campJul 06, 2012 - 10:43 EDT
By Mike Brophy, Sportsnet.ca - The Toronto Maple Leafs aren’t quite certain what’s up as far as their goaltending is concerned for next season, but they are pleased with where it might be a few years down the road.
That’s because Garret Sparks is developing into a goaltender of note.
"Sparks is in an interesting position," said Dave Morrison, the Maple Leafs director of amateur scouting. "He had a pretty good year with Guelph last season and caught the eye of USA Hockey, which is great. He went to their camp in Ann Arbor, Michigan in June and out of eight goalies, made the top four to go to Team USA’s summer camp in Lake Placid in August.
"He has put himself on the radar as far as possibly playing in the world junior championship. I think Guelph will look to him to play a lot of games next season so he’s actually in a pretty good spot."
Sparks, 19, had a 27-25-4 record with a 3.11 goals-against average and .911 save percentage with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League last season and looked sharp while attending his second prospects camp this week.
"I think I have improved quite a bit over the past year and obviously I wanted to show that," Sparks said. "I think I did a decent job of that."