The shots will come quicker and the traffic in his goal crease will be far more congested than anything Jonas Gustavsson saw in Sweden.
But the celebrated rookie they call The Monster isn't backing down from his plot to fight Vesa Toskala for the No. 1 spot in the Maple Leafs net.
Gustavsson was alongside the cream of this year's class of NHL rookies yesterday at Mississauga's Hershey Centre for a photo shoot with hockey card maker, Upper Deck.
And the big goalkeeper says he has every intention of making as much of an impact this season as top picks John Tavares (New York Islanders) and fellow Swede Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay.)
"It could take one week, one month, one year or 10 years but that's my goal, to be the No. 1 goaltender," Gustavsson said. "I want to keep developing. But of course I want to play, I want to play as many games as possible."
Since arriving in Toronto this week, the mild-mannered Swede has eased into his transition of life in one of the most hockey-mad markets in North America. On Tuesday he went to dinner with some of his new teammates and visited the Hockey Hall of Fame where he took a good long look the Stanley Cup (insert Leafs joke here.)
He plans to join several Leafs players in informal workouts the rest of this week before heading to the team's rookie tournament in Kitchener and on to the main training camp beginning on Sept. 12.
As sensational as he was in the playoffs helping Farjestads to the Swedish Elite League title this past spring, the 6-foot-3 netminder expects a transition to the NHL style.
"With the smaller ice there will be more shots and more traffic so I will have to be strong around the crease," Gustavsson said. "It's going to be faster, more crashing the net. I will have to be aware of shots from everywhere."
Just how quick Gustavsson makes in impact will be one of the many compelling stories of this season of serious transition for the Leafs.
General manager Brian Burke has made it clear Toskala is No. 1 entering camp and expects the Finn will rebound from a miserable 2008-09 season that was hampered in part by injury.
Remember, though, that Burke worked as hard in wooing Gustavsson as he did in any of his off-season acquisitions. At the least, The Monster will be here to push Toskala and get the chance to do so with more than infrequent starts.
"(The Leafs) went after him for a reason. He's a great goaltender," said Hedman, the big defenceman who is well aware of what his compatriot can do. "He's a very calm person so he's going to make the adjustments.
"He's going to be as great in the NHL as he was in the Swedish Elite League."