Jake Allen is a young goaltender who has a lot of potential, and hopefully a future with the Blues, but thus far he is not showing it. Allen, one of the prospects to watch with the Rivermen, is off to an 0-3 start. He has started every game so far for the Rivermen, and has allowed 12 goals on 73 shots, and has a GAA of 4.42.
In the team’s opener he allowed 4 goals on just 14 shots in the first two periods, and was pulled in favor of St. Louis native Mike McKenna. In the second game he surrendered 6 goals. On the bright side he did seem to play well in the third game, allowing just two goals on 26 shots, but it was still a losing effort as he allowed the overtime winner.
Allen seemed to get off to a rough start last year also, and then picked his game up later in the year once Ben Bishop was traded. The reason for his slow start to the season is unknown, but he needs to pick it up and prove he can be consistently dominant in the AHL if he wants to get a big role in the NHL later down the road. As bad as the numbers look we must also remember that only three games have been played which means almost nothing in the grand spectrum of the season.