Ex-Stars goalie thinks the Leafs may have found the next Jake Oettinger

Ryan Smitheram
May 29, 2024  (8:47)

Joseph Woll and Jake Oettinger
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Former Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco has weighed in on the future of Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Joseph Woll and what his potential is.

The former fifth-round draft pick in the 1994 draft was on 'Leafs Morning Take' yesterday and was asked about the potential of Woll. He was asked specifically if Woll reminds him of Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger and had the potential to become the next Oettinger. Turco admitted that he doesn't know Woll personally, but believes if he can overcome the injuries and find a way to stay healthy, he could be the Leafs' Oettinger.
"It just takes a while for most goalies to find their way and to get their age and the maturity level to be like, I can carry them. I don't know him well enough to say one way or another, but I think just from how he interacts and how he played this year in some really tough spots to give the team the boost they needed. I thought that really bodes well, but I have to look a little deeper into the personality off-site stuff.

I love what he's doing but I think from the surface, for me anyway, the game alone, yeah, I think he could be [as good as Oettinger]. He does have the pedigree but it's a lot of ups and downs and you have to avoid the downs and stay on the ups, right, and ride that thing out and I think that's what he can do."

Woll played in just 25 games for the Leafs this season thanks to a high-ankle sprain that he suffered in December, but in those 25 games, he posted a 2.94GAA and .907 save percentage. He was even better in 3 playoff games before being hurt at the end of Game 6 against the Boston Bruins where he posted a ridiculous 0.86 GAA and .964 save percentage.
Eligible for an extension on July 1st, the Leafs have already made it known that they believe in Woll, but that they need to find a way to keep him healthy so he can be used as their number one goalie. With Leafs GM Brad Treliving basically confirming that Ilya Samsonov won't be back, the net is Woll's to lose going into next season, barring a trade for a bona-fide number one goalie.
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Ex-Stars goalie thinks the Leafs may have found the next Jake Oettinger

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