"Second String" Goalie Elliott Vies For Leading Role

Widely considered to be the second-best goalie on the St. Louis Blues, Brian Elliott proved throughout the 2011-2012 season that he is more than just a serviceable backup, but a great net minder with the ability to make unbelievable saves in crunch time. Elliott dominated opposing offenses, registering a save percentage of .940 and a Goals against average of 1.56, both of which rank first in the NHL. Elliott was even solid in the shootout department, stopping more than 64% of the one-on-one opportunities. He significantly outperformed Jaroslav Halak who posted a still impressive .926 save percentage and 1.97 GAA.

The one major knock on Elliott would be the amount of games played, as he appeared in only 38 games between the pipes for the Blues. Wear and tear was never a significant factor for Elliott, who got bouts of rest throughout the long regular season. In order to take the next step in becoming a top-tier goaltender, he will have to beat out Halak for the starting spot, or possibly request a trade after he signed a two-year extension with the Blues in January. Also, he did not perform well in the playoffs after Halak’s injury, and seemed fatigued in the second round against LA.

Overall, Elliott more than proved himself as a solid NHL goaltender and looks to be a part of the up and coming Blues team for years to come.

Overall Grade: B

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