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Leafs GM confirms that rookie goaltender does indeed have an NHL job this season

Published August 27, 2023 at 11:41
BY RYAN SMITHERAM

It was expected that heading into this season, Joseph Will would be, at the very least, the backup to Ilya Samsonov. When the Leafs placed Matt Murray on LTIR in late July, it confirmed that the backup spot was Woll's job to lose.

Woll has had a very good showing in his limited action with the Leafs going 6-1-0 with 2.16GAA and a .932 save percentage in 7 games this past season. Through 11 career games, the 25-year-old is 9-2-0 with one shutout and a .924 save percentage. At this point, Woll has played well enough to earn the backup role and Leafs GM Brad Treliving believes that the job belongs to Woll as well.

"I think he's ready to grab a hold of a job here," said Treliving this week when speaking with the media.




Woll has a very good body of work even though it's a relatively small one. The Leafs also brought in Martin Jones on a one-year deal to provide them with some veteran experience and support in case of injury or if Woll struggles to be able to handle the rigors of an NHL schedule.

Woll is on a bargain of a contract for the next two seasons, making under $800K each season. This must also have been very enticing for the Leafs - even more so now that they know he can actually play - and play well.
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Leafs GM confirms that rookie goaltender does indeed have an NHL job this season

How many wins will Joseph Woll post in his first season as Leafs backup?

15 or less22425.9 %
16-2039946.2 %
21-2515818.3 %
More than 25839.6 %
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