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Jake Allen has a shot to claim the net in St. Louis

by Brad Wilson



This week on The Journey get in an depth look at Jake Allen and Brock Nelson

Jake Allen - G


Entering the second year of a two year contract

Rights: St. Louis Blues

Drafted in the second round (34th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Level Draft

From the Pads Out

Jake Allen is the type of goaltender who is just plain good. Sure there are likely many stories of early mornings and extra gym work but really, when you look at the journey he has had and is on, he is just good.

You could see if from his first years breaking into the QMJHL with the former St. John Fog Devils. Sure he was sort of middle of the road on the stat sheet as he played second fiddle in his rookie year. Still, in 30 games he went 9-8-4 with a .905 save percentage and what is really impressive about his season that year is the stint he had with Canada’s under-18 team where he went 6-1 with a 1.43 goals against and .948 SV%. Oh yeah, he had two shutouts, too. The ride continued from there and included a (junior) career that featured QMJHL Best Goaltender and CHL Goaltender of the Year accolades in 2009-10. He also won a silver medal with Canada at the World Junior Championships.

When Allen joined the Blues’ AHL affiliate in Peoria for the 2010-11 season he shared time with Ben Bishop (now of the Tampa Bay Lightning). He managed a .917 SV and six shutouts in the regular season and started three of four playoff games for the Rivermen. The following season Bishop was traded and Allen took the lead in the Peoria crease. The team struggled however and missed the playoffs. Allen finished with a respectable .915 SV% and one shutout in 38 games. During the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs the Blues used Allen as a “timeout option” and replaced Brian Elliott with the rookie for a whopping 1:07 of play to avoid burning their actual timeout during game five against the Kings. The New Brunswick native never saw a shot.

In 2012-13 the world saw young Allen get his shot as Blues starter Jaroslav Halak went down to injury. Allen shone bright in his debut going 8-1-0 in his first nine games and finishing his 15 game stint with a 9-4 record and a .905 SV%, not bad for a 22-year-old kid. I’m sure everyone remembers his highlight-reel save shown below.

Fantasy Brock

Nelson can likely still be had in most leagues as the Isles are certainly not a hot spot to find scoring options. The team is loaded with young talent ready to emerge though and you need to get on top of this player before he’s gone. Keen poolies may have seen him coming when he left college but for the most part you should be able to sneak in and steal Nelson without much risk. He will see even more playing time this year. He gets power play opportunities and is reliable in his own end nullifying a plus/minus risk. Going into his contract year with the Isles improved goaltending and what looks to be a build up to a coming out party, it could be a very good year to be a Brock Nelson owner.

If you would like to see more about Brock Nelson jump over to DobberProspects.com

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