Saturday, October 31, 2009
Jiri Tlusty's time to step up
Jiri Tlusty has once again been called up by the Toronto Maple Leafs who decided that his play in the AHL merited a call up. Tlusty played in his first game last night replacing Viktor Stalberg in the lineup after he was sent to the Marlies to make room for him and in 13:58 minutes of ice time managed a couple of shots on net. The Leafs 1st round pick 13th Overall in the 2006 draft is ready to make his move permanent into the NHL, with his performance in the AHL this season and his big second half last season for the Marlies, he has earned his promotion. Jiri Tlusty will now need to take his game to another level in the NHL to remain a regular stalwart in the Maple Leafs lineup. The Czech native's offensive skills would be a welcome addition to this squad who has trouble scoring goals. Tlusty should be given a long look with the Leafs and fans should not be surprised to see the winger on the same line as sniper Phil Kessel once he makes his Maple Leaf and season debut in the next week or so, for the Maple Leafs and Tlusty lets hope this audition works out because the time has come for Tlusty to step up and make a statement and for all Leaf fans to just hope that his AHL play can continue at the NHL level.