With Jonathan Bernier’s perfect performance in relief of James Reimer last night, he may have settled the goaltending debate and earned the starting role for the foreseeable future. Reimer was shaky against the Senators in Toronto’s home-opener allowing 4 goals and exited the game with the Leafs trailing by two goals. Enter Bernier who needed to keep a clean sheet and did just that turning aside all 15 of the shots he faced. The former LA King now has 2 wins to go along with his 0.64 GAA and .979 SV%. Given his stellar play thus far, Bernier certainly deserves to be the team’s #1 goaltender and should get the nod on Tuesday night against Colorado.
Mason Raymond has been one of the biggest surprises of the young season for Toronto. Signed to a contract after being offered a tryout, Raymond has given Leaf management every reason to believe they made the right decision. Mason has registered 2 goals and 2 assists while averaging just 15:52 of playing time per game. It took Raymond 9 games last season to reach the 4-point plateau.
Stanley Cup winner Dave Bolland has also been finding his way onto the scoring sheet on a regular basis. Bolland has 2 goals and 1 assist through 3 games. His career high point output came in 2008-09 when he registered 47 points in 81 games played. Bolland has been making a strong case that he deserves to be getting more playing time by replacing Nazem Kadri as the 2nd line centre.
Bernier, Raymond and Bolland have certainly impressed this season and have led the Leafs to a perfect 3-0 start. As good as the new Leafs corps has been they stand to improve even more when David Clarkson returns to the line-up after serving his 10-game suspension. The Maple Leafs broke their long playoff drought last season and this year’s squad is giving fans reason to believe they could be in for a longer playoff run this Spring.
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