It's rare for collectors to be interested in a back-up goaltender who is about to turn 25 years old. However, in this case the goalie was considered the best player outside of the NHL and he is suiting up in the blue and white of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Jonas Gustavsson, nicknamed the Monster, recorded phenomenal statistics in the Swedish Elite League and if he can replicate that success in the NHL he will de-throne Vesa Toskala and become a superstar at the shrine of hockey in Canada, the Air Canada Centre.
A slow start out of the gate for the Toronto Maple Leafs has meant some confusion between the pipes. With no wins after 4 games the fans are getting restless and Toskala may be losing his grip on #1 status. Gustavsson has played well so far but is still adjusting to the North American style. If he gets his act together quickly, he will be this season's Steve Mason or Carey Price.
Jonas Gustavsson's first North American hockey cards will be available in this season's new products and will be available at Canada Card World