Stefan Elliott
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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-two with 8 penalty minutes. He scored 5 goals with 9 assists and was plus-five 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 -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 -10 with 6 penalty minutes. Lake Erie finished third in the North Division but missed the AHL playoffs.

 

Talent Analysis

Elliott is a spectacular offensive defenseman who possesses great vision and an accurate shot. He is rarely caught out of position and comfortable at both ends of the ice, though he lacks the physical edge of the prototypical NHL defenseman.

 

Future

Elliott is projected to be a top four defenseman and power play quarterback. He is currently one of the top defensemen for the Lake Erie Monsters and could use some time in the minors to help his defensive game.

 

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