Monday, August 10, 2009

Leafs give up on another young player

I used to think that you couldn't have too many young prospects. Apparently that's not the case - at least according to Brian Burke. Justin Pogge follows Anton Stralman, Alex Steen and Carlo Colaiacovo to other teams for next to nothing. But they haven't necessarily been pushed aside by better prospects. Pogge and Stralman have been replaced by veteran players.

It's become obvious that players drafted by other Leaf GMs do not interest Burke.

Now I'm not much of a Justin Pogge fan. He hasn't shown much in the 3 years spent in the Leaf organization. But the kid is just 23! Not every goalie prospect steps into the NHL at the age of 20. Last season's Vezina winner Tim Thomas was a NHL rookie at the age of 31. Would it have been so bad to give Pogge another couple years?

Don't think that he has a shot at the NHL in Anaheim. They have J.S. Giguere and Jonas Hiller so Pogge will be spending this season in the AHL - only in the Duck organization.