The following series will come to you between one and two times per week over the duration of the offseason. Young Alumni, title borrowed from Maritime’s song off the album “We, The Vehicles”, will feature each future Blues player in the system – Peoria Rivermen, Alaska Aces, NCAA and college players, and draft picks . Young Alumni will feature players’ stats from the past season, their position, any past teams played for and basic general information about the player as well as any interesting bits of information and current news.
35 / Jake Allen – Goaltender – Catches: Left
Born: August 7, 1990 – Birthplace: Fredericton, New Brunswick
Despite 2010-2011 being Jake Allen’s debut season with an AHL team, he sure didn’t play the part of timid rookie or inexperienced first-timer. Allen split time this season with a name more recognizable to Blues fans – Ben Bishop. Allen is more than just a lowly backup, though, as he’s put in his time with four seasons of play as a member of various QMJHL squads (St. John’s, Montreal and a split season with both Montreal and Drummondville), shone through the World Juniors in 2009-10 for Team Canada and played for Peoria this year as a member of the AHL’s All-Star team and saw some playoff time (though short-lived after the Houston Aero’s swept the Rivermen). In his first professional season, Allen recorded 47 games with a save percentage of .917 and 2.52 GAA. For comparison’s sake, Jaroslav Halak ended the season with a save percentage of .910 and 2.48 GAA, which is definitely nice company to keep even when comparing AHL numbers to those of their NHL counterparts.
Jake Allen has been no stranger to harsh analysis, though. Nearly every critique of Allen reads the same – many scouts have noticed Allen’s vulnerability lays up high. Allen is said, though, to have excellent lateral movement, always key for a top performing goalie, as well as having a keen sense of who to play the puck to.
Could Peoria be seeing more of Jake Allen next season? For everyone’s sake, I hope so. He’s a proven goaltender and at his young age he can only develop in to a goal stopping beast.