Jake Allen
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Jake Allen

Hometown:

Fredricton New Brunswick

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-08-07

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2008

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd round (34th overall), 2008

Weight:

200 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Backstopping the St. John’s Fog Devils (QMJHL), Jake Allen finished the season with a 9-12-0 record, a 3.14 goals against average and a .901 save percentage. On top of seeing QMJHL action, the netminder also represented Team Canada at the U-18 WC tournament. He went 6-1-0 with two shutouts and a 1.43 goals against average.

2008-09: Allen played for the Montreal Juniors (formerly the St. John’s Fog Devils) in 2008-09 and his stock definitely rose. During the season, the tall and lanky goaltender had 28 wins and 25 losses with a respectable .916 save percentage and a 2.86 goals against average. He also earned a spot on the QMJHL team for the 2008 ADT Canada-Russia Challenge.

2009-10: Allen played 27 games for the Montreal Juniors with an 11-11-0 record, 2.66 goals against average, and .912 save percentage. The netminder was traded midseason to the Drummondville Voltigeurs where he recorded an 18-3-0 record, 1.75 goals against average, and .933 save percentage. Between both stops, Allen went 29-14-0 with a 2.20 goals against average and .922 save percentage in his third year. His stellar season earned him the QMJHL’s Jacques Plante Trophy for best goaltender, as well as the CHL’s Goaltender of the Year award. Allen also backstopped Canada’s U-20 WJC team to a silver medal with a 2.06 goals against average and .902 save percentage in 5 games.

2010-11: Allen had a strong first pro season as a 20-year-old – appearing in 47 of 80 games for St. Louis’ AHL affiliate Peoria and being named to the AHL All-Star Game. Sharing the Rivermen goaltending duties with former University of Maine goalie Ben Bishop, Allen finished with a record of 25-22 with 3 losses in OT and had 6 shutouts with a 2.52 GAA and .917 save percentage. Allen started three of four playoff games as the Rivermen were swept by Houston and was 0-3 with a 3.80 GAA and .888 save percentage.

2011-12: Allen made his NHL debut – appearing briefly in one playoff game for the Blues – and handled the bulk of the goaltending for AHL Peoria following the trade of veteran Ben Bishop to the Ottawa Senators organization. Allen saw his only NHL action in Game 5 of the Blues series with Los Angeles, replacing starter Brian Elliott in the third period during a St. Louis power play so that St. Louis would not have to use a timeout. He did not see any shots in 1:07 minutes of action before Elliott went back in net. In 38 games with Peoria he was 13-20-2 with 1 shutout and had a 2.93 goals against and .915 save percentage. The Rivermen missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Midwest Division.

2012-13: Allen joined the Blues in February as an injury replacement for starter Jaroslav Halak and impressed in his time with the St. Louis — winning eight of his first nine decisions. He eventually cooled off – finishing 9-4 with 1 shutout in 15 games and posted a 2.46 goals against and .905 save percentage. Allen did not see any action in the Blues’ playoff series with Los Angeles. In 35 AHL games with Blues affiliate Peoria he was 13-19-2 with 2 shutouts and had a 2.89 goals against and .904 save percentage. The Rivermen missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Midwest Division. Allen was re-signed to a two-year contract as a restricted free agent in July 2013.

2013-14: Allen played a career-high 52 regular season games and played nine playoff games with Blues AHL affiliate Chicago in his fourth pro season. He was 33-16-3 with seven shutouts and had a 2.03 goals against and .928 save percentage in the regular season. The Wolves finished first in the Midwest Division and advanced to the second round in the playoffs. Allen was 3-6 with one shutout and had a 3.29 goals against and .879 save percentage in the playoffs. 
 
Talent Analysis

Allen displays excellent lateral movement and strong positional play. He is always on his toes and moves quickly between the pipes. He’s great at moving the puck, feeding the puck to open defenders to quickly spur on the attack. Allen is also strong at controlling the puck when he makes a save, limiting rebounds and keeping square to the shooter. He has at times been vulnerable up high.

Future

Allen attended training camp with St. Louis; earning the backup spot to veteran Brian Elliott in 2014-15 in his fifth pro season. With Elliott injured in November, Allen was expected to carry the load until he returned although there was some talk of the Blues adding a veteran netminder. Allen has been successful at every level and has proven to have the stamina and mental strength to play a lot of games. While the Blues have been a very goalie friendly franchise since the arrival of Ken Hitchcock, Allen's talent level and skill set suggest he can be a true number one goalie in the future.

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