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A quick introduction for Jake Allen, the Blues’ Plan C in net

May 4, 2012, 12:58 AM EDT

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Jaroslav Halak isn’t walking through that door – at least not in the second round. So with the St. Louis Blues down 3-0 to the Los Angeles Kings and Brian Elliott struggling in net, it forces the question of whether wet-behind-the-ears prospect Jake Allen deserves a nod.

After all, Braden Holtby doesn’t have a huge playoff resume himself and he seems to be doing OK. Feel free to debate the merits of such a decision in the comments, but for the uninitiated (perhaps including Ken Hitchcock?), consider this Allen’s quickie resume.

(Much of this info via the Blues’ bio page.)

Jake Allen

Age: 21
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 195 lbs.
Drafted: second round (34th overall) in 2008
Career NHL regular season and playoff minutes: zero

You may remember Allen from his work in the 2010 World Hockey Championships, when he was part of a rotation that fell just short against Team USA in an overtime gold medal game. Beyond that, he was the CHL Goalie of the Year in 2009-10 and also was named the QMJHL best goalie (the trophy’s named after Jacques Plante, nifty) in the same season.

His numbers were solid with the Peoria Rivermen in the AHL. During this season, he went 13-20-2 in 38 games played, but his individual numbers were solid (2.93 GAA, .915 save percentage). He fared a little better in 2010-11, when he went 25-19-3 with a 2.52 GAA and .917 save percentage before struggling in three AHL playoff losses.


Those aren’t force-your-way-to-the-NHL numbers, but are they good enough for a desperate team to give him a try? Let us know.

  1. mydadyourmom - May 4, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    umm no.

  2. pavelfitzgerald - May 4, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    Is Grant Fuhr not available ?

  3. cuffhimbanano - May 4, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    I don’t have a dog in this fight so let me just state the obvious – it doesn’t matter who St. Louis puts in goal.

  4. blomfeld - May 4, 2012 at 1:48 AM


    I suppose that desperate times do call for desperate measures ? Nonetheless, I’d have thought that Hitchcock would have had more faith in the people who got him to where he is today ? … very strange ? Anyway, countering with a kid in goal for game 4, will do absolutely nothing to prevent us Kings from marching on to destiny ! :)

  5. ron05342 - May 4, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    If St. Louis puts that kid in goal on Sunday, the Kings will have their first playoff sweep in their history.

  6. mickeyb21 - May 4, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Elliott was hurt at the end of the season, maybe some of this is that injury that never healed. He also never started more than four games in a row this season. Games 1 and 2 were not his fault. Game 3, all four looked stoppable. Still, Jake Allen is not an option. He has all of a minute of playoff experience and the Blues were on a PP at the other end during that entire time. Should have never traded Ben Bishop for just a 2013 second rounder. Not worth it.

  7. balewsquare - May 4, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Is this the Brian Elliot of old that everybody else in the league knew? If so, Jake Allen may be better.

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