European Prospects Toronto Maple Leafs Should Sign

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Int’l Hockey Crowd (s.yume – Flickr) []Andej Kosaristan, Slovakia

The 21 year-old Slovakian-born goaltender has played fantastic this season, recording a 2.08 GAA and .921 SV% in 26 games played.

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Kosaristan never got a chance to play for Slovakia at any international level, but has improved between the pipes tremendously already, and has a high ceiling. He is a smaller goalie at 6’0″ and 176 lbs. and is a hybrid goaltender. Kosaristan is good with angles and battles hard. The gamble would be worth the $800,000 you would have to pay him over the next three years.

If the Maple Leafs were to sign him, he would have to put on at least 10 lbs., and may not get a sniff at the AHL or NHL for the next couple of years – let him grow and develop over in Slovakia.

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