April 20th, 2021, the day is memorable for a number of reasons. For me it’s the day I received my first dose of COVID vaccination. It’s also a day I smoked a fat bowl, because it’s important to have traditions. It’s also the day that David Rittich was dead to every Leafs fan after allowing 5 goals 28 shots, including a disastrous run in the third period against the Canucks. He also had a one goal against outing against the Canucks just over a week later, with a .938 save percentage, but it’s safe to say minds were made up and Rittich was not going to be looked at as the future goaltending partner of Jack Campbell.
In fact, in the four games Rittich played for the Leafs he finished with a .888 save percentage, and only one quality start out of three. There’s also the fact that Rittich’s upside isn’t up enough. If he is playing at the top of his game, he’s still a sub .910 save percentage goaltender. That’s not endearing. It’s manageable, but you certainly aren’t excited about him as an option.
Of course, coming into a new team that …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation