The Good: He displays excellent lateral movement and strong positional play. Allen is always on his toes and moves quickly between the pipes. He’s great at moving the puck, feeding the puck to open defenders to quickly spur on the attack. He’s also strong at controlling the puck when he makes a save, limiting rebounds and keeping square to the shooter. His natural athleticism and flexibility, along with a knack for coming up with big saves at key times, stamps Allen as at least a legitimate contender to become an NHL starter one day. The Ben Bishop trade to Ottawa provided Allen with a chance to show his worth in the AHL. He has an excellent frame, so he has the ability to cover a lot of net. He’s ‘quiet’ in terms of his movement and technically sound.
The Bad: Allen needs to improve his glove hand and become a better pressure ‘keeper in order to maximize his starting goalie potential. Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliot have been playing like All-Stars, so having those two in net will make it harder for Allen to get NHL playing time.
Awards and Honours
- 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships All-Star Team
- CHL Goaltender of the Year (2009–10)
- Jacques Plante Trophy (QMJHL Best Goaltender) (2009–10)
- QMJHL First All-Star Team (2009–10)
|RS Scoring||RS Goalie Stats||PO Scoring|
|2007-08||St. John’s Fog Devils||QMJHL||30||0||2||1507||76||1||2||3.03||9||8||4||721||0.905||6||1||0|