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The Monster to get his first start

Jonas Gustavsson is a "much-hyped" goalie from Sweden.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Tuesday's game for the Toronto Maple Leafs may just be No.3 of 82 in a very long season, but we will find out a lot about their chances to compete for a championship both this year and in the near future based on the play of Swedish goaltender Jonas Gustavsson.

Tuesday's game will be the first start for Gustavsson in a NHL regular season game.

He is the "much-hyped" goalie from Sweden who brings with him an impressive 1.96 GAA and .932 save percentage. He was even better in the playoffs, posting a 1.03 GAA and .961 save percentage in 13 games which included five shutouts.

After Vesa Toskala finished the 2008-09 season with a 3.26 GAA and .891 save percentage, the Maple Leafs were looking for another option. They chose Gustavsson. But he is just 24-years-old and Toronto might not have wanted to put too much pressure on "The Monster" too soon.

Unfortunately, Toskala has been ugly in this season's first two games yielding four goals in the season opener and three goals on eight shots before being pulled in game two - a 6-4 loss to Washington.

So on comes the youngster against the Ottawa Senators. He looked pretty good in preseason, though he did give up three goals in his relief role against the Capitals.

"I'm a goalie and I want to play," Gustavsson said in a phone interview after signing with Toronto. "I know the best goalie gets the ice time and if I play good I'm going to get the chance. We will be good teammates and try to push ourselves, but my goal is to be the No.1 goalie."

On Tuesday, Gustavsson gets his chance.

He is owned in just 28% of all fantasy leagues. You might want to take a flyer on him now, because he might not be available soon if he plays well.

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