Jack Campbell set for a battle for the Toronto Maple Leafs starting goaltending job
In the final year of his contract, Campbell has a great opportunity to show that last season’s performance is what we can come to expect from the 29-year-old. He went 17-3-2 record with a .921 save percentage and played well enough to give the Leafs a chance to move on in the playoffs.
Mrazek had similar numbers to Campbell last season going 6-2-3 in 12 games with a .923 save percentage. If he can get over the injury concerns from last season and provide similar numbers to last season, the Leafs will have a tandem that can get them through a season.
While Toronto doesn’t have the elite No.1 starter like Tampa Bay does with Andrei Vasilevskiy or the Montreal Canadiens got from Carey Price in the post-season, the tandem option has worked for many teams. What’s vital is how Keefe decides to roll out his goalies and whether he goes with more of a timeshare of if one gets the bulk of the starts during a hot stretch.
Having two capable goalies that can rotate all season long should give the Leafs one less thing to worry about. At the same time, one injury could be an issue when you consider that Michael Hutchinson is the third goalie option, Joseph Woll doesn’t have that much experience and Ian Scott destined for the ECHL.
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