Pogge didn't like nets

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

Justin Pogge felt "lost."

The highly touted Maple Leafs goaltending prospect had the opportunity to guard one of the NHL's experimental larger nets during the team's rookie tournament against the Montreal Canadiens in September at Ricoh Coliseum.

He was not impressed, to say the least.

"It was hard to get your bearings when you first step (between the pipes)," Pogge said yesterday of the nets, which were six inches higher and eight inches wider than normal.

"You have to change your game a lot. Your angles are messed up a lot and you have to stand up a lot more.

"The (increased) height was something that took getting used to. Shots that you normally figured would sail over the net suddenly were going into the back of it."

Having gone through the experience, the Marlies goalie hopes the NHL does not permanently implement such a drastic measure down the road.

"I don't think there is any need for it," Pogge said. "Goalie nets have always been the same measurement and I don't see any reason why they shouldn't stay that way.

"The size of the net and the puck have never changed, so why do it now?"


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