Garret Sparks
Garret Sparks
26-Year-Old GoalieG
Toronto Maple Leafs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $750,000 contract extension with the Maple Leafs in March of 2019.
Will travel with Buds
GToronto Maple Leafs
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.
ANALYSIS
Sparks practiced Wednesday and is shaping up to be the primary backup behind Frederik Andersen for the playoff opener. Of course, insurance netminders don't hold much weight in fantasy playoff formats, so we'd only consider using a spot on Sparks if he ends up sustaining an injury or encounters a related issue.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Returns to practice
GToronto Maple Leafs
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
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
April 2, 2019
Sparks stopped 33 of 36 shots in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes.
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Facing desperate Carolina team
GToronto Maple Leafs
April 2, 2019
Sparks will start in goal Tuesday evening versus the visiting Hurricanes, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
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Big saves elude him
GToronto Maple Leafs
March 30, 2019
Sparks made 18 saves in a 4-2 loss to Ottawa on Saturday night.
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