It’s been a long, strange journey from that magical point a few years back when the Leafs seemingly had three capable backup goaltenders in McElhinney, Sparks, and Pickard to the decision to go with Sparks to the realization that Sparks is bad to Michael Hutchinson and his struggles, and finally back around to having a capable backup in Jack Campbell, a one time can’t miss goaltending prospect.
Campbell came in prior to the trade deadline and immediately calmed things down in the crease, at a time when Andersen was struggling, and the Leafs were quickly seeing their playoff aspirations evaporate. He picked up a few wins and won our hearts with his positive attitude. While anointing him a starting goaltender if Andersen struggles in the return to play might be a bit much, Campbell is the least scary Plan B the Leafs have had sitting on the bench in a long time.
By the numbers
All of 2019-20:
Rank (out of goaltenders who played 1000+ min)
44th (out of 58)
data via naturalstattrick.com (All Situations)
Since Campbell joined the Leafs:
Rank (out of …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation