In the early days of these Staturday columns last season, I took a look at the incredible numbers that Jack Campbell was putting up. It was after only 8 games of the 2020 season, and was at a point where we still weren’t sure whether he or Frederik Andersen was our starting goalie. The conclusion was: he’s playing like a top-5 goalie in the NHL, but it’s only 8 games.
Since then, the former 11th overall pick and USNTDP product has made a consistent case that he could be on the Olympics team for the USA.
In 37 games across the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, per Evolving Hockey, Campbell has a 93.09% save percentage in all situations, good for second in the league behind only Jeremy Swayman, who has half of the ice time that Campbell does.
But while save percentage is simultaneously one of the easiest and most valuable goalie stats we have, efforts by people smarter than me over the years have attempted to come up with better ways to evaluate goalies than that. We’ll look at some of those ways here, and what picture they paint about the goaltending elite status of Jack Campbell.
Danger, Danger! HDSV%!
Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation