The San Jose Sharks are 15 games into the 2021-22 season after Tuesday night’s win in Minnesota and hold an 8-6-1 record. While it is only just the beginning of the season, San Jose has exceeded expectations to start off the year.
Following two-straight seasons ending with San Jose at the bottom of the standings, the Sharks came into the 2021-22 campaign with little expectations. In what was supposed to be another less-than-ideal year, Team Teal has surprised with their above .500 start.
The Sharks started out the year with instant chaos, having to overcome an early COVID-19 outbreak in the organization that saw seven players and three coaches sidelined for six games. In a season already filled with setbacks, San Jose weathered the storm and kept winning games that most thought weren’t going to be close.
A huge part of the Sharks’ early success has been due to James Reimer’s brilliance in net. Reimer is currently leading the NHL in save percentage (.943) and has the second best goals against average (1.71) in the league.
The 33-year-old veteran goaltender is currently 4-2-1 after his first 7 starts. In three of Reimer’s four wins this year, the Sharks were outshot in the game.
While the Sharks have been clear with their hopes that the goalie tandem of James Reimer and Adin Hill will be a 1A/1B system, Reimer has had the hot-hand lately and seems to be the team’s current go-to goalie.
Reimer this past off-season, signed a two-year contract with the Sharks on the opening day of free agency. Coming back to San Jose for his second stint after being traded to the Sharks at the trade deadline in 2016, James expected to likely have a limited role due to the trade for Adin Hill a week prior to his signing. While the season started out that way with Hill starting five of the first eight games, Reimer has since stolen the show and looks to see more playing time moving forward.
With the San Jose Sharks looking to push for a playoff spot this season, James Reimer will be a huge factor in the direction of where this team will end up in the standings.