From left, former Leafs Jack Campbell, Ilya Mikheyev and Petr Mrazek with their new clubs.From left, former Leafs Jack Campbell, Ilya Mikheyev and Petr Mrazek with their new clubs.

We take a look around the league to see how some of last year’s Leafs are performing with their new clubs so far this season.

Time to catch up with some old friends, Leafs fans.

When the 2022 season closed with another heart-wrenching first-round exit, the farewells for a handful of key Toronto players were already being said weeks before free agency began, most notably for the infectiously nice starting goaltender Jack Campbell.

It was almost a certainty that the Leafs didn’t have the cap space for the kind of money that Campbell — who went 31-9-6 with a 2.64 GAA and a .914 save percentage in 2021-22 — would go on to demand in free agency, leading the first-time all-star to sign with the Edmonton Oilers for five years at $5 million (U.S.) AAV instead of returning to Toronto for a third season.

Unfortunately, Campbell has been less than adequate for the Oilers in the early going. Here’s a look at how Soup and a couple of other former Leafs are doing with their new teams:

Jack Campbell

It’s always a good to remember, that yes, it is early in the season. Campbell has only started eight games, but despite a winning record of 5-3-0, he’s sporting an ugly and eye-popping 4.20 GAA and .874 save percentage.

Here’s a look at the stats of each game heading into Tuesday night’s start against the Lightning:

It’s not pretty by any means, though it’s obviously fair to say that the Oilers defence isn’t doing Campbell any favours either. But you can track Campbell’s decline in performance back to last season with the Leafs, when in January onward he struggled for stretches, especially during late February and early March where he let in at least four goals for five straight starts.

That’s not to say that Campbell can’t turn it around — he absolutely has the time to do that, and when you’re playing on a team with the best player on the planet in Connor McDavid, that could bode well for the 30-year-old veteran.

Petr Mrázek

Mràzek’s time with the Leafs was entirely forgettable. Once a promising starter earlier in his career, the Leafs were banking on the 30-year-old Czech to be either a tandem partner for the oft-injured Campbell or at least a formidable backup who could pick up a sizable load when they signed him in 2021.

It didn’t go that way, and after one year into a three-year, $11.4 million contract and a handful of poor performances, the Leafs traded Mrázek and a first-round pick in the 2022 draft to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a second-round pick. Yikes.

So how’s Mrázek doing? Well, he was injured in October and has just been reinstated from the IR, so the sample size is very small. He’s currently 1-1 with an .873 save percentage and 3.76 GAA.

Ilya Mikheyev

Mikheyev had pockets of success during his three years with the Leafs, but after it became public he was upset with his playing time, he left Toronto at the end of the 2022 season and signed a four-year, $19 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Mikheyev, who missed a couple games due to injury, has three goals, four assists and is a plus-four in nine games. Not bad. And he’s getting ample playing time on the Canucks’ second line as Elias Petterson’s winger.


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