Which Toronto Maple Leafs goalie from the past 20 years would you trust between the pipes to bring home a victory in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final?
The 2019 NHL playoffs left a bad taste in the mouths of a lot of Toronto Maple Leaf fans. They were eliminated in seven games by the Boston Bruins for the second consecutive season and eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the third year in a row.
Despite icing their best roster in over a decade, the Leafs were unable to accomplish any real sort of playoff success.
The 2020 NHL playoffs remain in jeopardy due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has effectively shut down the sporting world, meaning we may never learn how this year’s Leafs team was destined to finish. Perhaps another first-round exit was in store, but most fans would prefer to imagine the team going on a magical run, making it all the way to the Stanley Cup final.
Only three current Leafs players (Jason Spezza, Jake Muzzin, and midseason acquisition Kyle Clifford) have any finals experience. It’s impossible to predict how any of the Leafs’ young stars would perform on the game’s biggest stage.
Included in this is starting goaltender Frederik Andersen, who has made it to the Conference final (with Anaheim, back in 2015) but never any further. His playoff resume is mixed, with many believing better performances from him in each of the last two seasons could have resulted in the Leafs beating the Bruins.
Andersen’s past playoff record got me thinking — were the Leafs to be in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, would I trust him in net? If not, which goalie, that has played significant minutes for the team over the last 20 years, would I trust more to provide a victory?
Let’s take a look at five of the team’s most prominent starters over the past 20 years to determine which would give the Leafs the best shot at winning a big Game 7.
Note: Each goalie will be judged based on their career as a whole, not just as a Leaf.