A ninth round pick, 291st overall by the Ottawa Senators, Brian Elliott was the second last player selected in the 2003 NHL draft. Elliott has played out his full college eligibility at the University of Wisconsin and will be a regular pro and likely starter for the Binghamton Senators in the AHL.
2002-03: Elliott played with the Ajax Axemen of the Ontario Provincial Junior “A” Hockey League. He played in 39 games for the Axemen with a 3.86 goals against average and a .903 save percentage in the highly offensive league. In the playoffs, Elliott posted a 3.62 GAA in 4 games. Not only was Elliot a star on the ice, but he was a Canadian Junior Ball Hockey All-Star as a goalie, which is an impressive accomplishment.
2003-04: Before going to university of Wisconsin, Elliott entered the NHL draft in 2003, and was selected. Elliott didn’t see much playing time in his first season at Wisconsin, but made the best of the few starts he did get. Playing in just six games, Elliott posted a 3-3-0 record with a very respectable 2.14 GAA and .912 save percentage.
2004-05: Elliott continued to be the Badgers second string goaltender behind Bernd Bruckler. His starts were few and far between but once again, Elliott made the most of his limited opportunities. In seven starts, a total of 390 minutes playing time all season, Elliott recorded a 3 shutouts and a 1.07 GAA with a .948 save percentage. His record was 5-1-1.
2005-06: Having put in his time as a backup goaltender, Elliott finally emerged and became the number one, and he did not disappoint. Playing in more than triple the games from his previous year, Elliott posted sensational numbers for a starter in the NCAA. In 27 games, his record was a spectacular 20-4-3 while his GAA was a miniscule 1.76 and save percentage tuning in at .931.
2006-07: This was the goaltender’s final season with the University of Wisconsin, a 36 game campaign that saw him post a 15-17-2 record with a 2.10 GAA and a .923 save percentage, not his best numbers. He finished his collegiate career with a 49-27-4 record. He saw pro hockey this season for the first time, going 3-4-0 with the B-Sens (AHL).
2007-08: Elliott spent the season with Binghamton (AHL), posting a 18-19-1 record in his first full season as a pro. He also claimed a 2.81 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. He set several career-highs this season, appearing in 44 games and posting two shutouts including the first of his career. He also saw his first bit of NHL ice-time, a 3-1 win over Atlanta near the beginning of the season.
2008-09: The Binghamton Senators net-minder split the season between the AHL and NHL. In 31 games with Ottawa, he posted a 16-8-3 record with a 2.77 goals against average and a .902 save percentage. Back with Binghamton, he had a similar showing, going 18-8-1 with a 2.31 GAA and a .926 save percentage.
At 6’3, Elliott is a big goaltender who covers a lot of net, and has bulked up somewhat, but could still add on some more muscle. He is a player who works hard, has an outstanding attitude, plays with lots of enthusiasm and is a great student of the game. Elliott’s best attribute is his outstandingly quick reflexes. He moves well laterally and solid on his angles. He has shown great composure under fire and a willingness to challenge shooters. One attribute that Elliott possesses that is very noticeable when watching him closely is his tremendous ability to make difficult kick saves. Elliott is nearly unbeatable on the first shot and his fundamentals are well above average. A butterfly style goaltender, Elliott is patient and extremely capable lateral mover. If there is a weakness to Elliott’s game aside from his inexperience, it is in the area of rebound control. He’ll make initial saves, but has shown difficulty in corralling loose pucks when opposing players are in the vicinity, particularly in the slot area. He also struggles with following the puck in traffic areas and at times, off speed shots seem to throw him off.