Garret Sparks may be one of the more interesting, if not eccentric people in the Leafs organization. He’s a student of the game that will talk to you from the perspective of a professional goaltender or a beer league hero forward, he’s the face of an online movement of aspiring goaltenders and has one of the best social media presences in pro hockey during his bursts of activity, and he spends as much time worrying about warmup playlists as he does save percentages. Because of this, he’s built up a level of clout with younger hockey fans that most bubble prospects wouldn’t normally carry.
That’s all well and good and makes for plenty of entertainment. But at the same time, he’s also at a bit of a career crossroads. One of the oldest players on the list and in an active competition for a vital Leafs roster spot, Sparks find himself in a bit of a now-or-never situation.---
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