2005-06: While splitting time in net for the WHL Red Deer Rebels he posted a 2.81 GAA and a .910 save percentage. Reimer was chosen in the fourth round, 99th overall, of the 2006 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
2006-07: Reimer snatched the Red Deer starting job early in the season and ran with it. Reimer played in 60 games, resulting in a 26-23-7 record and a solid 2.66 GAA and .912 save percentage.
2007-08: Reimer’s third season with Red Deer. He went 8-15-0 in 30 games and ended the season with one shutout, a 2.73 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.
2008-09: Played for Reading (ECHL), Toronto (AHL) and South Carolina (ECHL).
2009-10: James’ season was cut short to only 26 games with the Marlies, because of injury. In that time, Reimer posted an impressive 2.25 GAA and .925 Save Percentage.
2010-11: Reimer emerged as the Leafs’ starter after winning 4 of his first 5 starts after being recalled from the AHL Marlies. Reimer appeared in one game in relief in December before getting his first start on New Year’s Day. In 37 games with the Leafs he was 20-15 with 3 shutouts and posted a 2.60 GAA and .921 save percentage. In 15 AHL games with the Marlies, Reimer was 9-6 and had 3 shutouts with a 2.59 GAA and .920 save percentage. He joined Team Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Championships following the season and was 3-0 with a 2.04 GAA and .920 save percentage. Reimer signed a three-year contract extension with Toronto in June 2011.
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. His next challenge will be handling full-time starting duties over the course of a full season.
Reimer was dealt by the Toronto Maple Leafs along with Jeremy Morin to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Alex Stalock, Ben Smith, and a conditional pick.