Garret Sparks
Garret Sparks
26-Year-Old GoalieG
Vegas Golden Knights
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Barring a miracle, the writing is pretty much on the wall for Sparks in Toronto, and perhaps even the NHL. Sparks' game last season could generously be described as queasy. Coach Mike Babcock didn't trust him and that led to the overuse -- and fatigue -- of starter Frederik Andersen. Then, in early April, Sparks was banished from the team to "get his game back." That meant he wasn't a part of the team that faced the Bruins in round one. Sure, Sparks won the AHL Calder Cup two seasons ago, but an 8-9-1 record with a 3.15 GAA and .902 save percentage last year has everyone doubting his game. He'll compete with Michael Hutchinson for the backup role. Do not overinvest. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $750,000 contract extension with the Maple Leafs in March of 2019.
In goal Tuesday
GVegas Golden Knights  Minors
September 17, 2019
Sparks will get the starting nod for Tuesday's preseason matchup with Colorado, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Sparks was was already facing an uphill battle to unseat Malcolm Subban as the No. 2 in Vegas, but the fact that Subban put together a solid .933 save percentage in the first preseason game won't make things any easier for Sparks. Still, the 26-year-old will likely be in the mix until the closing days of camp to see who gets to start the season in the NHL.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Sparks has claimed the job as primary backup to Frederik Andersen in Toronto, edging out Curtis McElhinney and Calvin Pickard. Last season, through 43 games with AHL Toronto, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound puck plugger posted a spectacular regular-season record of 31-9-1 to complement a 1.79 GAA and .936 save percentage, plus he led the Marlies to its first-ever championship. Particularly with John Tavares and Auston Matthews directing the No. 1 power play, Sparks should compile plenty of wins whenever Andersen needs a break, and that means he'll be a popular streaming option in DFS play.
Sparks signed a two-year extension with the Leafs in the summer of 2017 after posting a 21-9-0 record, a 2.16 GAA and .922 save percentage in 31 games with the team's AHL affiliate last season. The contract will allow him to continue to hone his skills with the Marlies for two more seasons while Curtis McElhinney backs up at the NHL level. If all goes well, Sparks will be the Leafs’ backup in 2020-21.
Sparks burst onto the Toronto scene with a shutout in his NHL debut, and it was almost inevitable that things went downhill from there. His rise had been meteoric – he'd blown the doors off the AHL after clawing his way up from the ECHL. But Sparks' raw style became a flopping mess in the NHL and he finished 2015-16 as one of the NHL's worst goalies, at least statistically. He's a good kid, but he needs reps in the minors to achieve the growth required to be an NHLer. And it remains to be seen whether the beatdown he took last year will permanently scar his psyche. The Leafs are actively searching for a backup, so don't count on Sparks being the No. 2 man in Hogtown this year. Hey, we're not even sure he'll crack the AHL Toronto Marlies' lineup, either. He could be in the ECHL again. Let's hope he's not a one-hit wonder.
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Shipped to Vegas
GVegas Golden Knights  Minors
July 23, 2019
Sparks was traded to the Golden Knights from Toronto in exchange for a 2020 fourth-round pick and David Clarkson on Tuesday.
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Will travel with Buds
GToronto Maple Leafs  Minors
April 10, 2019
Sparks -- on hand with Michael Hutchinson away for personal reasons -- will accompany the team in traveling to Boston ahead of Game 1 against the Bruins on Thursday, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
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Returns to practice
GToronto Maple Leafs  Minors
Coach's Decision
April 10, 2019
Sparks, who had been away from the team in order to work with goalie coaches, joined the Maple Leafs for practice Wednesday on the eve of Game 1 against the Bruins, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
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Spending time with goalie coaches
GToronto Maple Leafs  Minors
Coach's Decision
April 5, 2019
Sparks (coach's decision) won't be available and will spend the next 10 days with the goalie coaches, James Mirtle of The Athletic reports.
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Falls to 'Canes
GToronto Maple Leafs  Minors
April 2, 2019
Sparks stopped 33 of 36 shots in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes.
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