Garret Sparks
Garret Sparks
25-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 two-year, $1.3 million contract extension with the Maple Leafs in July of 2017.
Loses to Rangers at MSG
GToronto Maple Leafs
February 10, 2019
Sparks allowed three goals on 29 shots in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers.
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Sparks' teammates fell asleep on Mats Zuccarello in the opening period, leading to Mika Zibanejad's opening goal. Kasperi Kapanen would tie the game midway through the first, but New York would score three unanswered and win the game 4-1. The 25-year-old goaltender, playing for just the third time in 2019, will see his record fall to 7-4-1 with a 2.86 GAA and .906 save percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
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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Starting at MSG
GToronto Maple Leafs
February 10, 2019
Sparks will defend the road goal in Sunday's game versus the Rangers, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
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Calm, cool, collected in win
GToronto Maple Leafs
February 2, 2019
Sparks made 28 saves Saturday in a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh.
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Gearing up to face Pens
GToronto Maple Leafs
February 2, 2019
Sparks will patrol the crease Saturday against the visiting Penguins, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
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Comes up short against Panthers
GToronto Maple Leafs
January 18, 2019
Sparks stopped 26 of 28 shots in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Panthers.
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Granted Friday's start
GToronto Maple Leafs
January 18, 2019
Sparks will defend the net during Friday's road game against the Panthers, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
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