In one respect, Jack Campbell stands alone in the 104-year history of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Campbell set the franchise record for most consecutive wins by a Maple Leafs goaltender, notching his 10th straight victory in Wednesday’s 3-2 triumph over the Montreal Canadiens.
The 29-year-old surpassed Felix Potvin, Jacques Plante and John Ross Roach, all of whom had recorded nine consecutive wins.
This milestone is perhaps a perfect summation of Campbell’s excellent campaign to date. Entering the year as the nominal backup behind Frederik Andersen, Campbell made the most of sparse playing time through the first two months of the season, and excelled while Andersen has been out of the lineup since March 19 due to a lower-body injury.
At this rate, although there’s been no formal declaration, it would be difficult for Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe to list Andersen as the starter over Campbell if and when he returns from injury. Prior to Wednesday’s game, Campbell posted a stunning .943 save percentage, 1.53 GAA and a 9.03 goals saved above average (GSAA), a cumulative metrics that takes into account how many goals a player has saved taking into account their save percentage and shots faced versus the league average, the 12th-best mark in the league.
Campbell was once considered one of the most decorated American goaltending prospects of all-time, when he was selected 11th overall by the Dallas Stars in 2012. Although he didn’t meet those early expectations, Campbell is in the midst of an outstanding, unbeaten campaign and is a major reason why this Maple Leafs group is the most promising of the Auston Matthews era.
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