Jaroslav Halak

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

Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

The Good:Halak is a big game who is adept at handling shots from the perimeter and relies on a defensive system to clear rebounds and clog the slot. Halak will always be remembered for his amazing playoff performance with the Montreal Canadiens in 2010, where he almost single handedly stole two rounds away from top teams Pittsburgh and Washington. The most deceptive element of Halak’s game is his ability to always be in position in a calm manner, yet still have the foot and hand speed to make terrific reflex saves. He may appear lethargic or delayed because of the way he moves, but he is by no means slow. He simply plays a very quiet game, with very little extra movements. He’s extremely economical and plays deep in his crease in order to limit his movement in and around the crease.  Halak is hybrid style goalie, being able to make saves standing up or in the butterfly stance. Halak’s ability to cover angles and square up to shots is one of his biggest strengths. His ability to get his body behind pucks, yet still remain calm and quiet in the crease is truly exceptional. At the top of his game, he can deliver big results.

The Bad:  Halak’s biggest issue has to be fully absorbing shots and conserving his valuable energy. Because shots sometimes trickle off his body and drop right in front of him on numerous occasions, he is forced to exert energy in order to cover loose pucks. Also, when he is not on top of his game, he can get beaten upstairs with frequency. At the bottom of his game, he can be very inconsistent. Because he plays such a calm, cool and collected game, he is prone to appearing lazy, unattentive or unprepared.

CAREER HONORS & AWARDS
AHL – All-Rookie Team 2006-07

Career statistics

Regular season

Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2002–03 Bratislava Svk Jr. 9 477 18 2.26
2003–04 HC Slovan Bratislava SVK 12 651 18 0 1.66 .942
2004–05 Lewiston Maineiacs QMJHL 47 24 17 4 2697 125 4 2.78 .913
2005–06 Long Beach Ice Dogs ECHL 20 11 4 2 1026 35 2 2.05 .932
2005–06 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 13 7 6 0 786 30 3 2.29 .927
2006–07 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 28 16 11 0 1618 54 6 2.00 .932
2006–07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 16 10 6 0 912 44 2 2.89 .906
2007–08 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 8 3 2 2 454 22 0 2.91 .901
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 6 2 1 1 284 10 1 2.11 .934
2008–09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 34 18 14 1 1931 92 1 2.86 .915
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 45 26 13 5 2630 105 5 2.40 .924
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 57 27 21 7 3294 136 7 2.48 .910
NHL totals 158 83 55 14 9052 387 16 2.57 .916
AHL totals 69 38 27 2 4034 141 11 2.10 .930

Playoffs

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SA SO GAA SV%
2003–04 HC Slovan Bratislava SVK 1 45 6 62 0 8.00 .903
2004–05 Lewiston Maineiacs QMJHL 8 4 4 460 27 292 0 3.52 .908
2005–06 Long Beach Ice Dogs ECHL 4 2 2 252 13 144 0 3.09 .910
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 1 77 3 27 0 2.34 .889
2008–09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 20 0 5 0 0.00 1.000
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 18 9 9 1013 43 562 0 2.55 .923
NHL totals 21 9 10 1110 46 594 0 2.48 .923

International

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2004 Slovakia WJC 6 2 3 1 360 14 2 2.33
2005 Slovakia WJC 6 4 2 0 360 13 2 2.17
2007 Slovakia WC 2 1 1 0 119 5 1 2.52 .904
2009 Slovakia WC 4 1 2 0 189 10 0 3.17 .872
2010 Slovakia Oly 7 3 3 0 423 17 1 2.41 .911
Senior International Totals 13 5 6 0 731 32 2 2.46 .900

 

GPI W L OTL Min SO GA SHA GAA SV%
2011-12 ST. LOUIS
ON PACE 45 23 13 8 2754 6 93 1145 2.04 .918

Drafted: 271st overall, 2003
Montreal Canadiens

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