Not since the days of Felix Potvin back in 1992 have the Toronto Maple Leafs had a young, dynamic starting goalie to suit up for them.
Curtis Joseph, Ed Belfour and Vesa Toskala all made their careers elsewhere before coming to the Leafs years after the prime of their careers.
Sophomore goaltender James Reimer, who pulled off a 32-save shutout last night in the season opener, is exactly what the Leafs need. He's young, very promising and seems to be able to handle the immense pressure of playing goal in Toronto.
There is so much pressure on him, mostly due to the lackluster goaltending that Toronto has displayed in recent years. In fact, a Maple Leafs' goalie hasn't won the Vezina Trophy for the NHL's best goalie since 1965.
Reimer is quickly becoming one of the faces of the team and he seems to only get better with time. Here's why he's so valuable to the Maple Leafs.