NHL Starting Goalies Jake Allen
Jake Allen trusts he is prepared to be the St. Louis Blues’ starting netminder between the pipes in the wake of spending the previous two seasons under and over, Brian Elliott. NHL Starting Goalies Jake Allen
The Blues inked Allen to a four-year, $17.4 million contract augmentation on July 1, one week after they discharged Elliott, 31, to the Calgary Flames. Now at the age of the 25, NHL Starting Goalie Jake Allen will get his first full season in the NHL under the bar.
Allen said it could feel weird knowing the Blues’ 4×6 net is officially his, for the first time in his NHL career. J. Allen signed through 2020-21, did say he wants to remain a Blue beyond his contract extension.
“I was drafted as a Blue when I was 17. Now, I’m there for five more years on top of that. I’ll be 31, so 14 years of an organization, I’m excited,” Allen said. “I want to be a St. Louis Blue. Five more years, it’s great. I just feel so comfortable in St. Louis now. Something about it makes me feel at ease.”
The money I am sure makes you feel at ease, kid.
Allen is 57-26-7 with 2.34 goals against average, with a .915 save percentage through 99 NHL regular season matchups, all with the St. Louis Blues. Who chose him in the second round (No. 34th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft entry draft.
Though Allen started more regular-season games than Brian Elliott last season (44-38). Head coach Ken Hitchcock chose the hot hand in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, allowing Elliott the man the crease in the first 17 postseason games. Along with 18 out of 20 games during the Blues’ run to the Western Conference Finals. Mysteriously, hanging their heads after being beaten by San Jose in six lousy games. The Sharks had no business beating the Blues; that’s a fact. If you feel differently, speak your opinion (if you’re man enough) in the comment box below.
Carter Hutton – Blues Back-up NHL Starting Goalie
St. Louis’ front office made a fabulous move by signing 30-year-old Carter Hutton on July 1 to back up Allen. Hutton is a reliable back-up netminder, and he has to be thinking in the back of his mind.
“If Allen pucks up, I can be the next Brian Elliott.”
Hutton is 33-24-12 with a 2.56 GAA and .910 save percentage in 76 NHL regular-season games. These stats, outside of the record (due to playing for trash teams) are not that far off from Allen’s stats. Allen does have an additional 23 games under the bar, however.
My Pucking Conclusion
With aging players on other teams in the Western Conference and the young core the Blues possess. I expect Hitchcock to change-up his coaching style. Backing away from the hit and grind style to a more, speed down your throat style, if you catch my drift.
I expect the Blues to hoist the 2016-17 Stanley Cup. For more of today’s NHL Starting Goalie click here
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