Full StoryLeafs content with Raycroft's goaltending
10/23/2006 3:55:46 PM
TORONTO (CP) - A lot of Maple Leafs fans had the pre-season jitters about Andrew Raycroft. They wondered if Toronto was getting the 2003-2004 NHL rookie of the year, or the 2005-2006 stiff.
So far, what they've got leans towards the former.
It's early yet, but the 26-year-old native of Belleville, Ont., has been solid, and head coach Paul Maurice practically gushes over his play.
"I think he's been outstanding," Maurice said Monday. "We're at a point in our year in learning our systems and, with the defence injuries we've had, that the quality of shots (Raycroft has faced) have been higher than what we hope will be the case in January.
"He's played incredibly well. On his average night, he's been real good. Other than that, he's been exceptional."
Well... I can't deny that he's been solid. Much better than last year, no doubt about that. He's been making a lot of tough saves look quite easy.
I hope he keeps it up.