Former Leafs Top Goalie Prospect Makes His Return to the Ice

Published July 18, 2023 at 1:03 PM
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In 2006, Justin Pogge was hailed as Toronto Maple Leafs' future star, alongside Tuukka Rask. Both were promising prospects within the Leafs' structure, but one was unexpectedly traded.

A Trade to Regret: Possibly NHL's Worst

John Ferguson Jr., the Leafs' General Manager at that time, executed a trade that many regard as the most regretful, if not the worst, in the history of NHL.

The specifics of the trade were as follows:

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TORONTO Gets: Andrew Raycroft
BOSTON Gets: Tuukka Rask

Raycroft's performance for the Leafs was underwhelming, with a save percentage less than 0.900% over two seasons. Rask, on the other hand, rose to be one of the Bruins' most respected goalkeepers.

Pogge failed to meet the Leafs' expectations as a goalie. However, after a long hiatus from hockey, this former highly-rated prospect is now on the path to redemption.

Pogge's Comeback

Currently, at the age of 37, Pogge is not playing, but contributing his skills as a goalie consultant for the Under-18 Team at the 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup. He's reliving his golden days with Team Canada.

Over the past 30 seasons, Team Canada has triumphed 23 times in the tournament, making them the favorites for the upcoming season.


Previously, Pogge has displayed his skills on behalf of Team Canada, achieving a remarkable 0.952% save percentage and an impeccable 6-0 record on the 2006 World Juniors Team Canada roster.

As Read on Maple Leafs Insider - EditorInLeafs
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