With newly acquired Frederik Andersen set to take on the starting role in Toronto, reports out of Sweden have the Maple Leafs close to signing Jhonas Enroth to fill their back-up spot left vacant when they moved Jonathan Bernier to Anaheim.
Earlier in the offseason, reports surfaced that the Leafs were interested in signing an experienced back-up goalie with Garret Sparks and Antoine Bibeau in the team’s pipeline.
That being said, Enroth would fill that void. Originally drafted 46th overall in 2006 by the Buffalo Sabres, the 28-year-old Enroth has spent time with Buffalo, Dallas and – most recently – Los Angeles.
In 147 career games, the native of Stockholm, Sweden, has a record of 50-66-15 with a respectable 2.80 goals against average and .911 save percentage during the regular season to go along with seven shutouts.
He played a career high 37 games for the Sabres in 2014-15 recording 13 wins that season. With the Kings last year he played in 16 games with a 7-5-1 record sporting career bests in goals against average (2.17), save percentage (.922) and shutouts (2).
While he’s still not the most experienced option out there, he has a higher game total than Bernier had when the Leafs acquired him from the Kings in June 2013. Regardless, Enroth could be a good option to backstop the Leafs behind Andersen.
Andrew is in his 8th year reporting for The Hockey Writers covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his broadcasting with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada team as well as being part of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. He’s the former play-by-play voice of the London Jr. Knights for Rogers TV and currently hosts the Sticks in the 6ix podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewGForbes.