Jordan Binnington
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Jordan Binnington

Hometown:

Richmond Hill Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-07-11

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2011

Catches:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

3rd round (88th overall), 2011

Weight:

169 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Jordan Binnington played for the Vaughn Kings. Chosen in the second round, 40th overall, of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection by the Owen Sound Attack.

2009-10: Binnington’s rookie season in the OHL was spent with the Owen Sound Attack. In 22 games for that team, Binnington compiled a 4.38 goals-against average and a .889 save percentage. He sported a record of 6-10-1-1 in his appearances.

2010-11: Played for the Owen Sound Attack, appearing in 46 games for that team. Binnington turned in a 3.05 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage. His record was 27-12-1-4 on the season.

2011-12: Binnington made his pro hockey debut – making a late April start for Peoria following his third OHL season with Owen Sound. He stopped 35 of 38 shots in a 4-2 loss at Chicago in his only game with the Rivermen. Binnington split the goaltending duties for Owen Sound with Rangers’ prospect Scott Stajcer. He finished 21-17-1 with 1 shutout in 39 games and had a 2.99 goals against and .906 save percentage. Owen Sound finished third in the Midwest Division. Binnington played in two of five games in the playoffs against Kitchener and was 0-2 with a 5.00 goals against and .863 save percentage.

2012-13: Binnington was one of the top goalies in the OHL in his fourth season with Owen Sound and played for Canada in the 2013 World Junior Championship. Playing on one of the league’s top teams, he was 32-12-6 with 7 shutouts in 50 games and had a 2.17 goals against and .932 save percentage. Owen Sound was second to OHL champion London in the Midwest Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Binnington was 6-6 in 12 playoff games with a 2.81 goals against and .916 save percentage. He made two relief appearances backing up starter Malcolm Subban at the WJC in Ufa, Russia; stopping 27 of 31 shots in 35 minutes of action.

2013-14: Binnington made one start with Blues AHL affiliate Chicago in his first pro season — spending his first pro season with the Kalamazoo Wings in the ECHL. He stopped 34 of 37 shots for the Wolves in a 4-3 shootout win over Rockford on January 5th. In 40 regular season games for Kalamazoo he was 23-13-3 with one shutout and had a 2.35 goals against and .922 save percentage. The Wings finished first in the North Division and lost to Greenville in a first round series. Splitting time with minor league veteran Joel Martin in the playoffs Binnington was 1-1-1 with a 1.89 goals against and .946 save percentage in three playoff games.  

2014-15: Binnington played for the Chicago Wolves, splitting the goaltending duties with AHL veteran Matt Climie. In 45 games he was 25-15-1 with three shutouts and had a 2.35 goals against and .916 save percentage. Chicago finished third in the Midwest Division, falling to Utica in a best-of-five first-round playoff series. Binnington started all five playoff games, finishing 2-3 with a 2.16 goals against and .938 save percentage. 

2015-16: Binnington made his NHL debut in a January 14th game against Carolina — seeing 13 minutes of action during a midseason call-up before being returned to the Chicago Wolves. He allowed one goal and made three saves in his brief NHL appearance. Binnington was with the Blues during the playoffs but did not appear in any games. In 41 games for the Wolves he was 17-18-8 with one shutout and had a 2.85 goals against and .907 save percentage. Chicago finished sixth in the Central Division, missing the AHL playoffs.

Talent Analysis

Binnington has very good net coverage, is strong in his crease and plays big even when down in the butterfly position. He has solid positional play, covers his angles well, has good rebound control and excellent leg extension along the ice. The lanky netminder has increased his lateral speed but there's still room for more improvement in order to play at the NHL level.

Future

Binnington made one brief NHL appearance with the Blues in 2015-16, spending most of the season in the AHL with the Chicago Wolves. At the end of his original entry-level contract, he would become an unrestricted free agent if not tendered a qualifying offer by St. Louis. With Brian Elliott and Jake Allen seemingly firmly entrenched in goal with the Blues, Binnington has a tough path to the NHL. His play in the AHL and his combination of technical skills and awareness in the crease suggest he can be a starting goalie at the next level.

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