The Toronto Maple Leafs
have traded goaltending prospect Justin Pogge
to the Anaheim Ducks
for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft that could end up becoming as high as a third-round pick depending on how many games Pogge starts for the Ducks over the course of the next two seasons.
If Pogge ends up starting 30 or more regular-season games for the Ducks -- or another NHL team he is traded to by Anaheim -- between the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, the Maple Leafs would receive the higher draft pick.
The 23-year-old Pogge, a third-round pick in the 2004 Entry Draft, made his NHL debut with the Leafs this past season, posting a 1-4-1 record in seven games. He was 26-21-5 with a 2.70 goals-against average and .895 save percentage for the Toronto Marlies, the Leafs' AHL affiliate, and the previous season posted a 26-10-4 record, 2.34 GAA and .908 save percentage for the Marlies.
Pogge's chances of ascending the depth chart in Toronto seemingly ended with the signing of Swedish sensation Jonas Gustavsson
during the offseason. Gustavsson is expected to challenge incumbent starter Vesa Toskala
for playing time, which would have relegated Pogge to another season playing with the Marlies.
Pogge will join an Anaheim team that already includes Jean-Sebastien Giguere
, who won a Stanley Cup in 2007, and Jonas Hiller
, who comes off a breakthrough season in which he wrested the starting job from Giguere and led the Ducks to a seventh game against Detroit in the Western Conference Semifinals.