One of the biggest offseason topics for the Leafs this year is Jack Campbell’s pending UFA status, and whether or not the Leafs can afford to extend him beyond this year. Goalie contracts are always tough to predict, considering how unpredictable the position can be, and even harder to figure out if they’ll be worth said deal because, again, it’s an unpredictable position.
This is an even bigger case with Campbell, because he has such a unique situation tied to where he is right now. Prior to the 2020-21 season, Campbell had just 64 NHL games to his resume. He’s more than likely to double that total in just these past two seasons where he’s established himself as a starting goalie, as he’s already played in 50 games in that span, and with half of the season still to go, he should get at least 14 more barring injury.
While we’ve seen plenty of goalies come from out of nowhere to become elite goalies, more often than not, those players are on the younger side. Juuse Saros and Andrei Vasilevskiy are pretty good examples of this, with just 79 and 40 games respectively in their career before breaking out as elite starting goalies. But, Saros wa …
Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation