The Toronto Maple Leafs created one of the main storylines that we’ll likely follow throughout the year when they went and acquired goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings. Already with a starting caliber netminder, the acquisition did nothing but create a mess of a picture for the Leafs between the pipes.
Coming into the season, there was no indication of whether it’d be Bernier or James Reimer between the pipes for Toronto. Reimer was coming off of a very solid season, and a downright terrific appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, while Bernier was looked at as the new up-and-comer, and a potential star goaltender.
Through the first couple of weeks of the regular season, it’s obviously too early to declare a winner in this supposed goaltender competition. And while it may be a while before we see someone even appear to take over the job, it’s clear that there is at least a front runner in the goaltending derby.
Bernier has made five starts on the season for the Maple Leafs, and has actually looked very good. He’s coming off of his worst start of the season, back on October 12th, but it was a start in which he still managed to get the win, even after allowing five goals. Before that, he had allowed only three goals across four starts, including two shutouts, though one came in relief of Reimer.
His numbers on the season feature a .946 save percentage and a goals against average of only 1.74. Reimer, on the other hand, hasn’t been as lucky. He’s only made two starts so far for the Leafs, one of which he ended up pulled in. He’s allowed seven goals in barely over 90 minutes of play, going for a save percentage of only .879.
At this point, no winner has been declared by the Maple Leafs. As of right now, though, it would appear that Jonathan Bernier has built up a pretty sizable edge against Reimer moving forward. Of course, that could change over the course of two or three starts. We’ll see if Reimer can get back in the game, but as of right now, Bernier may be running away with the job.