Toronto Maple Leafs 2021 Defenseman, Goalie, Management Grades

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 02: Morgan Rielly #44 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on November 02, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Maple Leafs defeated the Flyers 4-3 in the shoot-out. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 02: Morgan Rielly #44 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on November 02, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Maple Leafs defeated the Flyers 4-3 in the shoot-out. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – MAY 31: Jack Campbell #36 of the Toronto Maple Leafs   (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

Jack Campbell

Jack Campbell took a decade to do it, but he finally showed people why he was a first round NHL draft pick by being the NHL’s best goalie this past season.

Campbell went 17-3-2 for an absolutely insane points percentage of 82%.  When Campbell played, the Toronto Maple Leafs were far and away the NHL’s best team.  At least from a results standpoint.

Unfortunately, injuries conspired to limit him to just 22 out of 56 games.  Campbell won games ata 134 point pace and had a .921 save percentage.  He is clearly going to regress, because no one can win that many games over a full season,  but the hope is that he can still be a top shelf goalie.

For the purposes of grading him, whether he can do it again is irrelevant. The fact is that the only reason Jack Campbell wasn’t named the Vezina winner this season is because he didn’t play enough games to get serious consideration.

A+. . G. . JACK CAMPBELL

Freddie Andersen et. al.

Freddie Andersen played in 24 games and had a save percentage under .900 while losing his job to Jack Campbell.   He get’s an F.

Michael Hutchinson, a year after being possibly the single worst player in the NHL, rebounded with the Leafs, played eight games, won four of them, and got points in 5 of them.  He put up a .919 Save-Percentage and was generally pretty good.   His grade is A.

David Rittich does not earn a grade.