James Reimer

Posted: January 26, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Toronto Maple Leafs

The Good: At 6’2, 208 pounds, Reimer doesn’t have much of a problem filling the net. His style has been described as simply coming out of the crease and challenging shooters to find space around his large frame. When he is on his game, the lanky netminder uses his size to cut down angles and plays a controlled, focused game.  He also displays decent puckhandling skills and is an astute worker.  After playing in the minors as an almost unknown prospect, Reimer stole the show last season, wrestling the starting role away from JS-Giguiere. Reimer works very hard and never quits on a play, and strives to play better each and every game. The most noticeable aspect of Reimer’s butterfly style is his wide stance. He sets up with a very low crouch, flared out feet and with hands held very tight to his sides. When the puck is loose in his zone following a faceoff, gets even wider and does a good job of looking around and through bodies to keep his eyes on the puck. He likes to get very low to the ice, but still stay on his skates.  He is a patient goaltender that does a great job of absorbing pucks and managing his energy level. He will not dazzle you with acrobatics and he does not rely on flexibility to make saves. He is economical, passive and confident, and relies on his size and width in the net to eliminate time and space.  Observers have attributed Reimer’s success during the 2010–11 season to his ability to maintain his focus and confidence.

The Bad:  Does he have enough stamina to be a perennial 60-plus game goaltender at the National Hockey League level? After receiving a concussion resulting from a Brian Gionta hit in late 2011, Reimer has struggled to play to the best of his abilities. He lost the starting job to Jonas Gustavsson.  For a 6-foot-2 goalie, Reimer will need to work on straightening his back on situations where a shooter might try to pick the top corners. Because he holds his hands far back to his body and tight to his sides, he will need to work on being more active with his stick and glove.

Career statistics

Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2005–06 Red Deer Rebels WHL 34 7 18 3 1709 80 0 2.81 .910
2006–07 Red Deer Rebels WHL 60 26 23 7 3339 148 3 2.66 .912
2007–08 Red Deer Rebels WHL 30 8 15 0 76 1 2.73 .920
2008–09 Toronto Marlies AHL 3 1 2 0 183 10 0 3.28 .880
2008–09 Reading Royals ECHL 22 10 7 3 1236 68 0 3.30 .904
2008–09 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 6 6 0 0 363 8 2 1.32 .961
2009–10 Toronto Marlies AHL 25 14 8 0 2 1520 57 1 2.25 .925
2010–11 Toronto Marlies AHL 15 9 5 0 1 858 37 3 2.59 .920
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 37 20 10 5 2080 90 3 2.60 .921
NHL totals 37 20 10 5 2080 90 3 2.60 .921
AHL totals 43 24 15 0 3 2561 104 5 2.42 .924
ECHL totals 28 16 7 3 1599 76 2 2.31 0.933
WHL totals 124 41 56 10 304 4 2.73 0.914

Playoffs

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2006–07 Red Deer Rebels WHL 7 3 4 417 27 0 3.88 .871
2008–09 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 8 4 1 497 18 1 2.17 .929

International

Year Team Event GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2011 Canada WC 3 3 0 0 235 8 0 2.04 0.920
Senior int’l totals 3 3 0 0 235 8 0 2.04 0.920

 

GPI W L OTL Min SO GA SHA GAA SV%
2011-12 TORONTO
ON PACE 30 11 8 6 1698 1 85 840 3.01 .899

Drafted: 99th overall, 2006
Toronto Maple Leafs

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