Aaron Dell’s number is 30.
Not only was that the number on his jersey last season for the Sharks, and his age last season, but it’s most importantly the number of games he started for them in a season that Sharks fans would like to forget.
Dell had three previous years as the backup in San Jose coming into last season, and like most backup goaltenders his results varied wildly over that time, and essentially his correlate to the quality of the team in San Jose, which is to say he was steadily declining over his first three years. Last year was an improvement from his 2018-19 numbers, which is hopefully his rock bottom and we won’t see a .886 save percentage, 30% quality start, -14.56 GSAA year from him again, although the one thing San Jose has had is defensemen and if Dell has struggled in front of that group, he could be challenged by the more offensive driven lineup in front of him in Toronto.
Last season was an a different story, as the Sharks had to lean heavily on Dell to make up for the continued decline of Martin Jones. A career high in games and starts …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation