TSN analyst reveals what the plan is for Ilya Samsonov, Joseph Woll and Martin Jones in Toronto
BY MIKE ARMENTI AUGUST 10, 2023 (10:15)
On Thursday, TSN hockey analyst Dave Poulin was asked what he thought of the move and he was very quick to confirm that this was a depth signing and that the idea is still for the Leafs to roll with a Samsonov/Woll tandem with Jones being the 3rd wheel there.
Poulin pointed to the inexperience of both Samsonov and Woll as the primary reason for the move, but he also indicated that a veteran with a lot of games under his belt was important, as the Marlies don't have much experience on their roster either.
Poulin doesn't believe that the Leafs will roll 3 goalies on the main roster, so emphasized that Jones will be the one placed on waivers to avoid potentially losing Woll to another team. Someone like Jones, with the experience he has, may very well end up being claimed, but the organization wouldn't be impacted by his loss the same way they would be by someone like Woll being claimed.
If the Leafs can manage to avoid losing Jones on waivers, having a trio that consists of Ilya Samsonov, Joseph Woll and Martin Jones can provide the Leafs with a nice blend of skill, youth, upside and experience at both the NHL and AHL levels. Personally, I like the move. Low risk, decent potential reward. We'll see how it all goes, though, after Jones is waived. If he clears, that will be great for the organization. If he is claimed, however, we'll be right back to square one, in search of another experienced 3rd string goalie.
HOW MANY GAMES WILL MARTIN JONES END UP PLAYING FOR THE LEAFS THIS SEASON IF HE CLEARS WAIVERS AND REMAINS WITH THE TEAM?
AUGUST 10 286 ANSWERS
|20 OR LESS||224||78.3 %|
|MORE THAN 40||2||0.7 %|
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