|Assets:||Boasts an outstanding combination of size, speed and skill. A surprisingly good passer, he owns plenty of scoring prowess thanks to an accurate shot and willingness to drive to the net to score goals. Has a great reach.|
|Flaws:||Is still a little raw in his defensive game, and sometimes he's caught out of position. Could stand to use his size more to his advantage, and even become a little nastier. Needs to keep the intensity level on high at all times.|
|Career Potential:||Talented scoring forward with upside.|
|HE||Second All-Star Team||2008-09|
|10/19/2013||Missed 2 games (back spasms).|
|10/15/2013||Back spasms, day-to-day.|
|6/23/2012||Acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers.|
|4/20/2012||Missed 21 regular season and 5 playoff games (left foot injury).|
|3/04/2012||Left foot injury, injured reserve.|
|2/18/2012||Missed 15 games (concussion).|
|1/19/2012||Concussion, injured reserve.|
|1/14/2012||Concussion, sidelined indefinitely.|
|12/07/2011||Missed 4 games (upper body injury).|
|11/25/2011||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|11/05/2011||Missed 1 game (lower body injury).|
|11/03/2011||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|8/30/2011||Signed by the Philadelphia Flyers to a six-year contract extension.|
|3/03/2011||Missed 0 games (lower body injury).|
|2/28/2011||Recalled from Adirondack (AHL).|
|2/26/2011||Loaned to Adirondack (AHL).|
|2/01/2011||Missed 2 games (lower body injury).|
|1/23/2011||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|4/01/2010||Missed 1 game (knee injury).|
|3/28/2010||Knee injury, day-to-day.|
|11/16/2009||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|11/10/2009||Fractured finger, day-to-day.|
|10/16/2009||Missed 2 games (head injury).|
|10/08/2009||Head injury, day-to-day.|
|4/01/2009||Signed by the Philadelphia Flyers to a multi-year entry level contract.|
|6/23/2012||Philadelphia Flyers traded James van Riemsdyk to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Luke Schenn.|
|6/22/2007||Drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1st round (2nd overall) in 2007.|
van Riemsdyk a force with goal, two assists | 12/07/2013 11:20 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk enjoyed a three-point night in the Leafs' 4-3 shootout win over the Senators on Saturday night.
ImpactThe 24-year-old had a goal and two helpers, and he's now recorded 13 goals and 12 assists on the season. He's doing everything within his power to play his way onto Team USA as he's set himself up for the type of production we all dreamed of when he debuted. Phil Kessel (goal, assist) and Jake Gardiner potted the other goals.
James van Riemsdyk scores in 4-2 loss | 11/30/2013 10:35 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk scored for Toronto in its 4-2 loss to the Canadiens on Saturday night.
ImpactVan Riemsdyk displayed some slick hands and patience on his goal as he corralled the puck on the side of the crease and flicked one home up high over Carey Price's shoulder. The winger has 12 goals and 20 points this season. Mason Raymond potted the other marker for Toronto. Paul Ranger, Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel picked up the helpers.
James van Riemsdyk picks up 3 pts in loss | 11/28/2013 12:07 AM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk scored a pair of goals and added an assist for the Maple Leafs in a 6-5 shootout loss to Pittsbuegh Wednesday.
ImpactThe Maple Leafs generated a lot of offense in the loss, but simply couldn't keep the puck out of their own net, Phil Kessel, Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozak also scored goal for the Leafs in the losing effort.
JVR breaks out of slump with two goals | 11/16/2013 10:17 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk potted two goals for the Maple Leafs in their 4-2 win over the Sabres on Saturday night.
ImpactJVR hit a bit of a rough patch, going pointless with a cumulative minus-three rating over the last five games. Still, he's setting himself up for a career year with nine goals and 15 points on the season. Mason Raymond had a two-point night, with a goal and an assist. Nikolai Kulemin also scored, while Cody Franson recorded two assists.
JVR has struggled with transition to center | 11/14/2013 10:45 AM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk hasn't picked up a point in three straight games since lining up as a center.
ImpactHe has five shots and a minus-2 rating over that time. JVR has also struggled in the faceoff circle. The experiment doesn't appear to be working very well, but the Leafs don't have many options due to injuries.
JVR centers Leafs' top line at practice | 11/04/2013 4:56 PM
NewsAs expected, James van Riemsdyk practiced as a center on Monday.
ImpactHe centered the Leafs' top line between Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. "He has played there before, so it does not take rocket science to go in that direction," coach Randy Carlyle said of putting van Riemsdyk in the middle. "We think he is more of the fit right now." He has played some center in the NHL and spent two seasons at the position with the University of New Hampshire. Nazem Kadri was flanked by Mason Raymond and David Clarkson in the session.
Leafs may put James van Riemsdyk at center | 11/04/2013 10:48 AM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk could be an option at center for Toronto with Dave Bolland and Tyler Bozak sidelined due to injuries.
ImpactHe won three of five draws in Saturday's loss to Vancouver after Bolland was hurt. "Whatever they need me to do, I'm more than willing to try," van Riemsdyk said. "Those aren't my decisions to make. So we'll have to see what the coaching staff wants." Toronto has toyed with the idea of using van Riemsdyk at center in the past, but coach Randy Carlyle decided against the move. Now, he may have to do it with Toronto ailing down the middle.
James van Riemsdyk off to flying start | 10/31/2013 11:40 AM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk stretched his point streak to five games on Wednesday night by scoring a shorthanded goal.
ImpactHe has generated two goals and five assists over that span. Van Riemsdyk logged a season-high 23:33 of ice time against the Flames on Wednesday. The 24-year-old winger is off to a very good start this season with seven markers and 13 points in 12 contests.
Van Riemsdyk extends point streak to 4 games | 10/30/2013 8:23 AM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk registered his sixth goal on 2013-14 on Tuesday night.
ImpactHe posted two shots and finished with a plus-3 rating, while extending his point streak to four games. Van Riemsdyk has enjoyed a strong start to the year, with 12 points in 11 games, and he has formed a very productive tandem with Leafs star player Phil Kessel.
Leafs' JVR-Kessel duo may represent Team USA | 10/23/2013 9:01 AM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk earned two assists in Toronto's 4-2 win over Anaheim Tuesday night.
ImpactHe has recorded five goals and eight points in eight games and is making a strong case for himself to be a member of Team USA at the Winter Olympics. Van Riemsdyk has already developed plenty of chemistry with fellow American Phil Kessel in Toronto and the two of them could end up being used in Sochi together as well.
James van Riemsdyk (back) may play Saturday | 10/19/2013 6:43 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk is on the ice for the pregame warmup.
Paul Hendrick on Twitter
ImpactThis suggests that he could be in the lineup for Toronto Saturday night against Chicago. He has missed the past two games with back spasms.
van Riemsdyl game time decision Saturday | 10/19/2013 12:07 PM
NewsAs the Maple Leafs are not practising Saturday morning, there is no news as to wether James van Riemsdyk will suit up against the Blackhawks.
Jonas Siegel Twitter
ImpactJVR's status likely won't be revealed until after the pre-game skate.
van Riemsdyk (back) might return Saturday | 10/18/2013 3:37 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk (back spasms) took part in Friday's practice.
Impactvan Riemsdyk has missed the Toronto Maple Leafs' last two contests, but he might return on Saturday. He has five goals and six points in six games this season.
James van Riemsdyk doubtful with back spasms | 10/17/2013 12:19 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk's upper-body injury is back spasms.
Jonas Siegel on Twitter
Impactvan Riemsdy will probably miss Thursday's contest as a result. "We're not going to put him on the ice in a situation where we think we're going to possibly have him have any setback," Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. He has five goals and six points in six games this season.
Leafs' JVR skates for part of practice Weds. | 10/16/2013 4:25 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk (upper body) took part in the first half of Wednesday's practice before leaving after about half an hour.
ImpactHe skated along with the Leafs's extra players in the session and his status for Thursday night is uncertain at this time. "Again, there's improvement but we'll see if he's available to us for tomorrow night," coach Randy Carlyle said. "Hopefully with another 24 hours and a couple treatments he'll be back." JVR didn't play Tuesday night because of an upper-body injury and he's considered day-to-day.
James van Riemsdyk has a mysterious UBI | 10/16/2013 10:56 AM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk didn't play Tuesday night because of an upper-body injury.
ImpactAccording to coach Randy Carlyle, the ailment was not sustained during a game. Of course that has led to plenty of wild speculation regarding the cause of the injury, but you should consider van Riemsdyk day-to-day for the time being.
Leafs won't have JVR in the lineup Tuesday | 10/15/2013 6:39 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk (undisclosed) won't play Tuesday night.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter
ImpactHe is not on the ice for the team's pregame warmup, so he shouldn't be expected to suit up against the Minnesota Wild. Van Riemsdyk has gotten off to a great start this season with five goals and one assist in six games. Consider him day-to-day for now.
James van Riemsdyk a 'question mark' vs. Wild | 10/15/2013 12:26 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk is apparently a "question mark" for Tuesday's match-up versus Minnesota, according to coach Randy Carlyle.
Chris Johnston on Twitter
ImpactVan Riemsdyk didn't practice Monday but it was described as a "maintenance day" by the team. It sounds like he might be a game-time decision.
JVR, Lupul get two goals each in wild win | 10/12/2013 10:42 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk scored twice in the Maple Leafs' wild 6-5 overtime win over the Oilers on Saturday night.
ImpactThis is the type of game coaches hate and fans love: a whole lot of goal scoring, little defense and very poor goaltending. Toronto never led in this game, except for when it wound up with the overtime victory on a goal from Dave Bolland at 2:09 of the frame. Joffrey Lupul also scored twice, with his second one coming with 31 seconds left in the third period. Nazem Kadri picked up the other goal, and he also added an assist. Dion Phaneuf and Cody Franson chipped in with two helpers each.
James van Riemsdyk picks up 2 points Thurs. | 10/11/2013 7:46 AM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk generated a goal and a helper Thursday night in a 4-0 win over Nashville.
ImpactHe has gotten off to good start in 2013-14 with three goals, one assist and a whopping 20 shots in five games. Van Riemsdyk has played well on Toronto's top line alongside Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak.
James van Riemsdyk opens season with a PPG | 10/02/2013 8:36 AM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk scored the first goal of the 2013-14 season on Tuesday night.
ImpactHe tallied his first marker of the year when Toronto was given a 5-on-3 power play in the first period of their 4-3 win against Montreal. Van Riemsdyk played most of the contest alongside Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel. He looks quicker this campaign and registered six shots in the match. Look for JVR to enjoy a strong season.
JVR was impressive during postseason | 05/19/2013 9:32 AM
NewsToronto head coach Randy Carlyle was very impressed with what he saw from winger James van Riemsdyk in the Maple Leafs' playoff series against Boston.
ImpactCarlyle referenced the fact that van Riemsdyk was seemingly unwilling to take the punishment required to score goals when he first arrived in Toronto, saying "We told him to camp in front of the net and if he didn't want to do that, we'd put somebody else there. From that point on, he made the decision that he was going to go to those tough areas and make a living there." The 22-year-old led the Maple Leafs in playoff scoring with seven points, which bodes well for his future with the club.
James van Riemsdyk posts two assists Sunday | 05/13/2013 10:00 AM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk picked up two assists in Toronto's 2-1 win over Boston Sunday night in Game 6.
ImpactThe budding power forward has enjoyed success in the postseason against Boston before when he was with the Philadelphia Flyers and he has played well for the Leafs in the series with two goals and five points in six contests. JVR has also been physical in the series with 13 hits.
James van Riemsdyk had seven shots on net | 05/07/2013 12:19 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk finished tied with the team-high in shots with seven on Monday night.
ImpactCody Franson also had seven shots on goal. Though van Riemsdyk finished a minus-two, he did have four hits and an assist. He now has two goals and a helper in the playoffs and is truly growing into a great young power forward.
James van Riemsdyk's goal a rare bright spot | 05/01/2013 10:02 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk potted the lone goal for Toronto in its 4-1 loss in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series Wednesday night against Boston.
ImpactThe power-play tally was the first goal of the game and came at 1:54 of the first frame, so one would think the Leafs would want to carry that momentum through the rest of the game. Instead, it was a rare moment of joy for the Leafs as they were thoroughly dominated. Cody Franson and Tyler Bozak had the helpers. The Leafs' top players were invisible. Phil Kessel did not have good game, going shotless in 13:51. Joffrey Lupul also had a bad night, finishing a minus-two with two shots in 15:25. Colton Orr had 16 penalty minutes and Leo Komarov had 15.
Leafs clinch first playoff spot since 2004 | 04/20/2013 10:18 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk notched a pair of goals to help Toronto beat Ottawa 4-1 on Saturday night.
ImpactThe win clinches the Leafs' first playoff spot since 2004. Van Riemsdyk's goals were his first since April 8, but the 23-year-old has been plenty good this year with 18 goals and 32 points. Joffrey Lupul and Nazem Kadri scored the other goals for Toronto. Cody Franson and Phil Kessel had two assists apiece.
James van Riemsdyk is on a hot streak | 04/14/2013 11:59 AM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk is currently riding a five-game point streak.
Impactvan Riemsdyk has potted two goals and registered seven points during that span. The 23-year-old winger has 16 markers and 30 points in 41 games on the year. He should be owned in 12-team leagues.
James van Riemsdyk snaps out of slump | 04/09/2013 9:58 AM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk recorded a goal and an assist Monday night.
ImpactHe has finally started to get back into Toronto's offensive picture of late following a scoring slump that saw him go goalless in 10 straight games. Van Riemsdyk has notched two goals and two assists in his past three contests. The 23-year-old winger has 16 markers and 27 points in 39 games on the year.
Carlyle benches James van Riemsdyk | 03/26/2013 10:44 AM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk logged just 3:11 of ice time in the third period Monday night as he was benched by coach Randy Carlyle.
ImpactHe didn't see a shift in the final eight minutes on regualtion and did not play in overtime. "I think James has got some work to do in some areas," Carlyle said. "Ice time is usually a reflection about how a coach feels about an individual He has been a great player for us, but I think he is in a little bit of a dry spell right now. We need him to get his feet moving and start to create more." JVR has not scored in seven straight games and he has just two assists over that span.
van Riemsdyk tops goal total from last year | 03/01/2013 12:18 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk has already surpassed his goal total from all of last season (43 games).
Impactvan Riemsdyk's goal on Thursday gave him 12 in 22 games this season. While he's certainly getting some good puck luck (16.7 percent shooting percentage), this is a very talented 23-year-old with great scoring ability. The change of scenery seems to have done him well thus far.
James van Riemsdyk snipes two more Thurs | 02/21/2013 11:16 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk scored two goals in Toronto's 3-1 win over Buffalo Thursday night.
ImpactThe Leafs' top offseason acquisition has now tallied 11 times in this short season, equaling his total from last season. He and Phil Kessel have developed incredible chemistry, as the latter assisted on each of the former's goals in this game. Dion Phaneuf also scored his 100th career goal in the victory.
James van Riemsdyk thriving with Leafs | 02/18/2013 12:27 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk is thriving with the Leafs this season.
Impactvan Riemsdyk leads the Leafs with eight goals after an offseason trade that sent him from Philadelphia to Toronto. "I think a change of scenery did him well," former Flyer teammate Wayne Simmonds said. "He's been outstanding this year."
van Riemsdyk notches team-high eighth goal | 02/11/2013 11:04 PM
NewsJames Van Riemsdyk scored his team-leading eight goal in a 5-2 win over his former squad, the Philadelphia Flyers.
ImpactMatt Frattin notched his seventh goal of the year and registered his third assist. Clarke Macarthur, Dion Phanuef, and Colton Orr accounted for the Leafs' other three goals. Cody Franson and Nazem Kadri each recorded two assists on Monday.
van Riemsdyk has excelled since summer trade | 02/11/2013 11:49 AM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk will get to play against the team that drafted him in 2007 with the second overall pick, the Philadelphia Flyers, on Monday.
ImpactIt will be van Riemsdyk's first contest against Philadelphia since he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. van Riemsdyk never lived up to expectations in Philadelphia, but he has seven goals and nine points in 12 games with Toronto. "I've always said in the past that when I'm given the opportunity to be a key contributor, I've held up my end of the bargain and was a productive player," van Riemsdyk said. "For whatever reason, over the last year, with injuries, those types of things got in the way. But I always knew that I had confidence in myself and when given the opportunity that I would make the most of it." We'll see if he can give Philadelphia a taste of what they missed out on.
James van Riemsdyk is on a hot streak | 02/10/2013 10:56 AM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk has now scored seven goals and nine points in his last 10 games.
ImpactWith nine points in 12 games on the season, the 23-year-old is now sitting second on the team in scoring. "I thought last year these guys had a really good team, they got off to a great start, and then obviously some things happened, some bad bounces and we don't end up making the playoffs. But I really like the way we seem to respond when we hit adversity," he said. Van Riemsdyk should be owned in 12-team leagues.
James van Riemsdyk pots two in win over Caps | 02/05/2013 11:08 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk scored a pair of goals for the Maple Leafs in a 3-2 win over Washington Tuesday.
ImpactThe Leafs really can't ask for anything more from their offseason acquisition, as the big forward has picked up six goals and 34 shots in his first 10 appearances in blue and white. Korbinian Holzer also scored his first career NHL goal in the one-goal win for Toronto.
JVR moves up to Toronto's top line | 01/29/2013 10:15 AM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk will play alongside Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak on Toronto's top line Tuesday night.
ImpactJVR is the third member of the Leafs to take his turn with Kessel and Bozak after Joffrey Lupul suffered a fractured forearm and Clarke MacArthur lost a fingernail. Van Riemsdyk has produced three goals and one assist in his past three games for Toronto, so maybe he'll have more luck on the top unit and help Kessel snap out of his scoring funk.
JVR's three-point night fuels Leafs' 5-2 win | 01/23/2013 10:50 PM
NewsJames Van Riemsdyk scored twice and assisted once to lead the Maple Leafs to a 5-2 win over the Penguins on Wednesday night.
ImpactThis is the type of game that reminds you why since-fired general manager Brian Burke was so interested in the talented power forward. van Riemsdyk, still only 23, has all the ability to break out in a pretty big way this season. Mikhail Grabovski, Clarke MacArthur and Tyler Bozak had the other markers. Nikolai Kulemin had a trio of assists.
Maple Leafs to make JVR aware of 'changes' | 01/22/2013 6:48 PM
NewsToronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle says there's some things James van Riemsdyk needs to change and he will 'make sure' JVR is aware of those changes.
ImpactVan Riemsdyk was the prize offseason acquisition of since-fired GM Brian Burke and the Leafs need JVR to finally deliver on his massive potential. Carlyle, for one, wants him to use his 6-foot-3 frame in front of the net. "That's one of things we are going to ask him," Carlyle said. "He is a big man who can go to the front of the net. He has soft hands around the net, we want to see him drive the puck that area, push people off the puck."
James van Riemsdyk (foot) returns to practice | 01/17/2013 12:36 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk returned to practice on Thursday after leaving Tuesday's session with a bruised foot.
Mark Masters on Twitter
ImpactJVR skated on a line with Nazem Kadri at center and Leo Komarov on the other side. It looks van Riemsdyk will be able to play in Saturday's opener, but we'll let you know if we hear otherwise.
James van Riemsdyk misses scrimmage Wednesday | 01/16/2013 3:11 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk (foot) didn't take part in Wednesday's scrimmage.
ImpactHe suffered a bruised foot in Tuesday's practice when he was hit by a shot from defenseman Mike Komisarek. It's unclear if he'll be ready for Saturday's opener, but he does have some time rest up before then.
James van Riemsdyk bruises foot on Tuesday | 01/15/2013 2:03 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk left practice Tuesday with what was later diagnosed as a bruised foot.
James Mirtle on Twitter
ImpactAccording to TSN's Jonas Siegel, JVR hobbled off the ice earlier in the day, although it's a good sign that X-rays were negative. We don't have any sort of timeline regarding how long he'll be sidelined, but we'd expect him to miss at least a day or two of camp. We'll list him as day-to-day for now and update you as soon as we know more.
James van Riemsdyk ready to earn his spot | 01/10/2013 9:16 PM
NewsJames van Riemsdyk isn't concerned about learning a new system under coach Randy Carlyle.
Impact"With the lockout obviously going into effect there, I really didn't get a chance to talk to the coaches that much, but I'm sure it's the same as anywhere else," van Riemsdyk said. "You come into camp and you've got to earn a spot and earn a position and you kinda go from there." The 23-year-old forward was acquired by the Leafs back in June in exchange for Luke Schenn. He should factor into the team's top-six group, but Carlyle said he doesn't plan to use him at center to start the year.
James van Riemsdyk will start out as a winger | 01/07/2013 4:11 PM
NewsToronto coach Randy Carlyle doesn't plan to start James van Riemsdyk out at center.
Impact"We'll start him at wing," Carlyle said Monday. "We have no idea how long he's going to be there. We know he's played well (on the wing). He was drafted as a center, but that was a long time ago. If we see an opportunity for him to play center, we'll do that." There was a great deal of speculation that the Leafs newcomer would play between Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul, but that won't be the case for now.
|Goals||2||3 times-last:at Pit||last:Nov 27||2|
|Assists||2||3 times-last:at Ott||last:Dec 7||2|
|Points||3||2 times-last:at Ott||last:Dec 7||3|
|Penalty Minutes||4||at Bos||Nov 9||4|
|Plus/Minus||3||2 times-last:at Pit||last:Nov 27||2|
|Power Play Goals||1||5 times-last:at Ott||last:Dec 7||1|
|Power Play Points||1||8 times-last:at Ott||last:Dec 7||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||at Cgy||Oct 30||0|
|Shorthanded Points||1||at Cgy||Oct 30||0|
|Shots||7||vs. SJ||Dec 3||7|
|Penalty Minutes||35||2010-11 (Phi)|
|Power Play Goals||5||2012-13 (Tor)|
|Shots||173||2 times-last: 2010-11 (Phi)|
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