As a rookie with the Hershey Bears this season, the 21-year-old has posted a 6-4-1 record with a 2.10 goals-against average, a .928 save percentage and one shutout in 12 games.
He spent the first half of the season in the ECHL with Reading and was named a starter in the ECHL All-Star game after going 19-5-1 with a 2.30 GAA and .912 save percentage in 26 appearances. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound German was selected by the Capitals in the fourth round (No. 112) of the 2010 NHL Draft.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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