Monday, April 15, 2013

James Reimer is having the Best Leaf Goaltending Season since 1951

The title of this one may seem a bit ridiculous, and perhaps it is. But when looking purely at won/lost record (and what else really does matter?) Reimer is having a season for the Leaf ages. With six games remaining in the 2012/13 campaign he sits with a record of 17-5-5 for a Points Percentage of .722 (39 of a possible 54 points in his decisions).  This represents the second highest single season number in Maple Leafs history and the top mark in 62 years.

Ed Belfour didn't have as high a Point Pct., nor did Curtis Joseph or Mike Palmateer. The closest mark more recently than 1951 was Terry Sawchuk in the Cup winning year of 66/67 when he went 15-5-4 for a Pct of .708. Below are Leaf goaltenders and their top Pts Pct. season while playing for Toronto.

  • Al Rollins .775,  1950/51
  • James Reimer .722,  2012/13
  • Terry Sawchuk .708,  1966/67
  • Lorne Chabot .676,  1930/31
  • George Hainsworth .667,  1934/35
  • Jacques Plante .667,  1970/71
  • Doug Favell .661,  1973/74
  • Johnny Bower .655,  1960/61
  • Turk Broda .642,  1947/48
  • Eddie Belfour .637,  2002/03
  • Curtis Joseph .627,  1999/00
  • Felix Potvin .606,  1992/93
  • Mike Palmateer .589,  1977/78
  • Andrew Raycroft .585,  2006/07
Way back in 1950/51 a 24 year-old Al Rollins posted a record of 27-5-8 in his rookie season and along with veteran Turk Broda lead the Leafs to a Stanley Cup. 

In addition to his outstanding Pts Pct., Reimer sits 5th in Save Pct and 12th in Goals Against Average among goalies with at least 20 games played. Truly a terrific season for a player who just turned 25 years old. 

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