With the Toronto Maple Leaf’s win over the Montreal Canadiens on April 7th, goaltender Jack Campbell has set a new franchise record for most wins in a row to start a season. The previous franchise record of 9-0-0 was held by John Ross Roach, Jacques Plante, and Felix Potvin.
Campbell’s record of 10-0-0 to start the season is not only a new franchise record, but it also ties the NHL record set by Carey Price. Price set the record back in the 2016-17 season.
Jack Campbell Reborn in Toronto
Since joining the Maple Leafs, Campbell has a record of 13-2-1 in 16 games over parts of two seasons. His 10-0-0 record to start this season is a testament to all the hard work he has put himself through to become a better goaltender.
Campbell has proven to be a tough goaltender to beat since he joined the Maple Leafs. He has only allowed 32 goals on 475 shots against. That gives him an impressive 1.97 goals-against average and .933 save percentage during his time in Toronto.
Jack Campbell Claiming Starters Job
The Maple Leafs’ current starting goaltender Frederik Andersen has 149 wins since joining Toronto in 2016. His overall record in Toronto is 149-74-35 (149-109) with a 2.78 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.
Andersen has never had a goals-against average lower than 2.67 during his time in Toronto. Although that stat is decent, his goals-against average has been getting worse over the last three seasons. In the 2018-19 season, his goals-against average was 2.77, then it went up to 2.85 in 2019-20 and so far this season it is at 2.91 which is a career-worst.
This season has also seen Andersen’s save percentage (.897) dip below .900 for the first time in his NHL career. Just like his GAA, his save percentage has been getting worse each season over the last three seasons.
It might be time for Maple Leaf’s general manager Kyle Dubas to move on from Andersen and give the starting goaltender job to Campbell. Campbell will continue to be the number one guy while Andersen is out with an injury, but that status as number one could be full-time next season.
Campbell has one more season left on his contract with a cap hit of $1.65 million. Andersen on the other hand, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and looking for a raise on his current $5 million deal.
Giving a goaltender on the decline more than $5 million would not be a smart move for Dubas. It is safe to say that Campbell has earned the right to be given the starting goaltender job next season.
Jack Campbell a Late Bloomer
Campbell was selected 11th overall in the 2010 NHL draft by the Dallas Stars. The Stars likely thought they were drafting a future starting goaltender, but instead, they got a goaltender who played for the Texas Stars in the AHL for five seasons.
It wasn’t until the 2018-19 season at the age of 27 that Jack Campbell became an NHL regular as the backup goaltender in Los Angeles. He appeared in 57 games for the Kings before getting traded to Toronto.
Now at the age of 29, Campbell seems to have finally found his game and is playing like the starting goaltender the Stars thought they were drafting back in 2010. The timing could turn out to be perfect for both Campbell and the Maple Leafs.
Final Thoughts on Jack Campbell
I think Campbell has earned the respect of the locker room and the coaching staff and should be rewarded with the starting goaltender job next season. I also think it would be wise for Maple Leaf’s general manager Kyle Dubas to get Jack Campbell signed to an extension this summer.
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