January 9, 2017
The Edmonton Oilers have placed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson on waivers this morning, which has some Toronto hockey fans wondering if the Maple Leafs should make a claim.
The former Maple Leafs net minder has struggled this season going 1-3-1 with .878 save percentage and a 3.10 goals against average in seven appearances in Edmonton. Gustavsson has never been able to carryover his success in Sweden over the National Hockey League. He was 39-45-15 with .900 save percentage and 2.98 goals against average in his three seasons with the Leafs.
So why would Lou Lamoriello even think about bring him back? Frederik Andersen is playing a ton of hockey so far this year and is on pace to smash his career high of 54 games played. The extra workload could cause problems down the stretch if Andersen starts to breakdown in March and April.
The reason that Andersen has had to play so much is because Mike Babcock does not have a backup goaltender that he trusts. Jhonas Enroth and Kari Ramo both have struggled in the AHL and he doesn’t like playing Antoine Bibeau even though he has been solid in his two starts.
Gustavsson has already played for Babcock in Detroit, where he put up some of his best numbers during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.
Do you think the Leafs should make a claim on Gustavsson?