Stefan Elliott
Image: NHL

Stefan Elliott

Hometown:

North Vancouver British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-01-30

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

2nd round (49th overall), 2009

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Stefan Elliott was the third-leading scorer for Saskatoon from his defense position in his third WHL season. He skated in all 72 games for the Blades, who finished with the WHL’s third-best record. Elliott scored 26 goals with 39 assists and was plus-41 with  24 penalty minutes. Elliott scored 6 of his 26 goals on the power play. In ten WHL playoff games he scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was plus-three with 4 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Elliott made his pro hockey debut, skating in five playoff games with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters after signing a three-year, entry-level contract with Colorado in March 2011. He had two assists and was minus-three with the Monsters. In his fourth WHL season prior to signing with the Avalanche, Elliott captured the Bill Hunter Trophy as the WHL’s Top Defenseman and was named to the WHL East First All Star Team. He led the Saskatoon with a plus-62 plus/minus and scored 31 goals with 50 assists in 71 games. Saskatoon finished first in the  East Division and reached the second round of the playoffs. Elliott was an even plus/minus with 3 goals and 5 assists in 10 playoff games.

2011-12: Elliott made an impressive NHL debut in November – registering points in his first three games – and was with the Avalanche through February before being returned to AHL Lake Erie to see more ice time. He was re-called by Colorado in late February and played six games before being sent back to the Monsters. In 39 NHL games with Colorado he scored 4 goals with 9 assists and was plus-2 with 8 penalty minutes. He scored 5 goals with 9 assists and was plus-5 with 4 penalty minutes in 30 AHL games with Lake Erie. The Monsters finished third in the North Division – missing the playoffs by two points.

2012-13: Elliott’s play hit a bit of a plateau in his second pro season as he appeared in just 18 games for the Avalanche – spending most of the year with AHL affiliate Lake Erie. He attended Colorado’s training camp following the NHL lockout but did not appear in a game for the Avalanche until February. Elliott scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was minus-3 with 2 penalty minutes; averaging 17:30 minutes of ice time. He played 44 AHL games for the Monsters and scored 5 goals with 8 assists and was minus-10 with 6 penalty minutes. Lake Erie finished third in the North Division but missed the AHL playoffs.

 2013-14: Elliott scored a goal in his only NHL appearance with the Avalanche — a 3-2 overtime loss to Anaheim in the final regular season game of the year — spending most of the year with Colorado AHL affiliate Lake Erie. He led Lake Erie defensemen with 14 goals and had 14 assists in 61 AHL games, finishing minus-16 with 14 penalty minutes. Elliott scored four of his 14 goals on the Monsters’ power play. Lake Erie missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fourth in the North Division. Elliott was with the Avalanche during their first round series against Minnesota but did not see any action. He was re-signed by Colorado to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July 2014.

Talent Analysis

Elliott was at one point the Avalanche’s best puck-moving defense prospect. His fall down the ladder can be attributed to being leap frogged by Tyson Barrie. He is still the best puck mover in the Avalanche’s farm system and has the abilities to quarterback the power play. Elliott will need to work on his defensive game before he can be consistently relied upon in the NHL.

Future

Elliott attended camp with the Avalanche before being assigned to AHL affiliate Lake Erie to start the 2014-15 season. Now in his fourth pro season, Elliott was off to his best start offensively with the Monsters but his defensive play continues to be an area of concern. An exciting contributor for an Avalanche team that was in the second of what would be three straight non-playoff seasons when he made his 30-game debut with Colorado in 2011-12; Elliott has yet to gain the trust of the new regime and played in one NHL game last season. Now at a crossroads in his career, his skill level suggests he can be an effective defender and power play specialist at the NHL level but it is just as likely that he could be a career minor leaguer or highly-valued import for one of the club's in Europe.

The 2009 NHL Draft produced core pieces for the Colorado Avalanche

by Chau Vo
on

Matt Duchene - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Drafted third overall in 2009, Avalanche center Matt Duchene has developed into one of the most electric offensive players in the NHL (courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)

It is safe to say that the 2008-09 season was a season Colorado Avalanche fans would much rather forget. Not only did their 32-45-5 record leave them in last place in the Western Conference, but 27th overall in the NHL as well.

Read more»

Colorado Avalanche prospects fighting in Lake Erie for a shot at NHL

by Chau Vo
on

Calvin Pickard - Lake Erie Monsters

Photo: Goaltender Calvin Pickard has been the primary starter for Lake Erie in 2013-14, earning a 7-7-2 record thus far (courtesy of Zuma Press/Icon SMI)

Every Avalanche prospect playing professionally are currently in Cleveland playing for the Lake Erie Monsters with the exception of goaltenders Kieran Millan and Kent Patterson who are in Denver playing for the Denver Cutthroats of the Central Hockey League.

Read more»

Extra years in development leagues for Colorado Avalanche prospects will pay off in the future

by Chau Vo
on

Spencer Martin - Mississauga Steelheads

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads goaltender Spencer Martin was Colorado’s third round pick in 2013, adding to an already strong group of prospects in net for the Avalanche (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Colorado Avalanche are off to a hot start this season and youngsters like Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, and Nathan MacKinnon are big reasons for their early success. What all three have in common is that they were able to jump immediately from the junior ranks to the NHL after being drafted.

Read more»

Goaltending anchors Colorado Avalanche Top 20 prospects ranking

by Chau Vo
on

Nathan MacKinnon - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: First overall pick Nathan MacKinnon debuts as the Colorado Avalanche’s top prospect (courtesy of Aaron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

First overall draft pick Nathan MacKinnon may be getting all of the attention in Denver these days but Winnipeg native Calvin Pickard is silently working hard in the background and is looked to as the future of Avalanche goaltending.

Read more»

Colorado Avalanche 2013 draft preview

by Blake Benzel
on

Gabriel Landeskog - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Colorado’s second overall pick in 2011, Gabriel Landeskog made an immediate impact in the lineup and was named the team’s captain in 2012 (courtesy of Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Colorado Avalanche have had quite a bit of turnover already in their off-season, first firing former Head Coach Joe Sacco, then hiring Patrick Roy to be their new bench boss and Vice President of Hockey Ops and promoting Joe Sakic to be their Executive Vice President of Hockey Ops. Roy and Sakic have joined the fray and will look to help the team improve upon their prospect base that has them sitting 29th in the NHL in that regard.

Read more»

Related Articles