NHL Season Preview: Rookie Goalies To Watch

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Jake Allen

When the Ryan Miller experiment didn’t pan out for the St. Louis Blues there was no panic in the organization. There was nothing necessarily wrong with Brian Elliott who will now serve as the number and they knew that Jake Allen was in their prospect

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system waiting to make the jump.

The Blues got a little taste of Jake Allen when he suited up for 15 games in 2012 and went 9-4-0 with a 2.46 goals against-average and .905 save percentage. Pretty impressive numbers for a 22 year old rookie.

Last season he played for the Blues AHL team the Chicago Wolves where he led in all major statistical categories, including wins, save percentage, and goals against average. For his efforts with the Wolves he was also named goaltender of the year in the AHL. In 52 games he posted a 2.03 goals against average and .928 save percentage while going 33-16-3. 

He’ll battle Elliott for starts this upcoming season but isn’t that far off from being a full time starter for the Blues and don’t be surprised if he overtakes Elliott by the postseason. This kid is good between the pipes, scary good.