Brian Elliott

Posted: January 24, 2012 by Steven Ellis in St. Louis Blues
 

Dilip Vishwanat, Getty Images

The Good: 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. After a really tough time in Ottawa, Elliot has re-proven himself as an NHL Starter, getting named to the 2012 NHL All-Star Game after starting the year as a backup behind Jaroslav Halak. He could possibly be a vezina canadiate this season.

The Bad: Elliot lacks consistency. He started off well in Ottawa, but his last season with the team was just brutal. One thing scouts complain about is that he isn’t very pro-active with his stick, he also isn’t very proficient at puck-handling. He also doesn’t challenge shooters enough.  Another weakness in his game is his 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.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2003–04 University of Wisconsin–Madison WCHA 6 3 3 0 336 12 0 2.14 .912
2004–05 University of Wisconsin–Madison WCHA 9 6 2 1 467 9 3 1.16 .945
2005–06 University of Wisconsin–Madison WCHA 33 25 5 3 2008 52 8 1.55 .938
2006–07 University of Wisconsin–Madison WCHA 36 15 17 2 2053 72 5 2.10 .923
2006–07 Binghamton Senators AHL 8 3 4 0 425 30 0 4.24 .886
2007–08 Ottawa Senators NHL 1 1 0 0 60 1 0 1.00 .966
2007–08 Binghamton Senators AHL 44 18 19 1 2394 112 2 2.81 .915
2008–09 Binghamton Senators AHL 30 18 8 1 1691 65 2 2.31 .926
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 31 16 8 3 1667 77 1 2.77 .902
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 55 29 18 4 3038 130 5 2.57 .909 4 1 2 203 14 0 4.14 .853
2010–11 Ottawa Senators NHL 43 13 19 8 2293 122 3 3.19 .894
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 12 2 8 1 690 44 0 3.83 .891
NHL totals 142 61 53 16 7748 374 9 2.90 .901 4 1 2 203 14 0 4.14 .853

 

GPI W L OTL Min SO GA SHA GAA SV%
2011-12 ST. LOUIS
ON PACE 38 25 8 1 2221 8 62 984 1.68 .937

Drafted: 291st overall, 2003
Ottawa Senators

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