Tuukka Rask Debuts Against Leafs

leafsI fear Tuukka Rask won't just be a good NHL goaltender, he'll be great. Rask, you'll recall, was traded to Boston by the Leafs for Andrew Raycroft. I suspect we'll look back at that trade and cringe the way we cringe when we think about giving up Russ Courtnall for John Kordic or Scott Niedermayer for Tom Kurvers.

Tonight, against our very own Toronto Maple Leafs, Tuukka Rask makes his NHL debut. In nine American Hockey League appearances, Rask had a 7-2 record and a 2.10 goals-against average. We drafted him 21st overall in the 2005 NHL entry draft but decided Justin Pogge was the one to bet on.

I hope we're right, but history tells me Rask will more likely be the next Patrick Roy and Pogge will probably be more of a Peter Ing.


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