A quick look atop the NHL’s save percentage leaderboards is a trip down memory lane. In fourth is Danish prince Frederik Andersen, the long-time Maple Leafs starter from 2016-2021. In second is James Reimer, the affable homegrown talent who performed admirably behind some truly flawed Leafs teams in the early 2010s. Lastly, but also firstly, is Jack Campbell, the guy who stole both Andersen’s starting job last year and Reimer’s status as the nicest guy in the league.
Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ll know Campbell has been unbelievable for the Leafs this season, most especially during their current run of nine wins in ten games. Leading the league in save percentage and goals against average while placing second in shutouts, he is everything the Maple Leafs could have asked him to be this season. His spectacular start has some wondering if, come February, he may find himself sitting next to Auston Matthews on a plane to China as a member of the U.S. Olympic team.
It’s something that even Jack would have thought unfathomable a year ago, when he started the 2020-21 season as the backup to Andersen, but his chances …
Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation