Halak, Elliott Win Jennings Memorial Trophy

Posted: April 8, 2012 by Steven Ellis in St. Louis Blues

Blues goalies Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott. (Halak photo by Chris Lee - clee@post-dispatch.com; Elliott photo by Associated Press) 

What a year for the two boys in blue.

Brian Elliott’s career looked over last season after getting traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Colorado Avalanche.

His Ottawa career was something less than spectacular (refer to stats below).

With 2 wins in 12 starts to end the season, Elliott was released as a free agent after the Avalanche declined his qualifying offer. Elliott then signed a one-year contract worth $600,000 with the St. Louis Blues on July 1, 2011.

That $600,000 was worth it. Elliott made the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, and after a 23-10-4 record, Brian will be sharing the 2012 Williams Jennings trophy with fellow Blues puck stopper Jaroslav Halak.

The William M. Jennings Trophy is an annual award given to “the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it. Winners are selected based on regular-season play”.

Halak has only started 43 games to Elliott’s 35.  Both have been extremely dominant all season long other then Halak’s terrible start leading to the firing of Davis Payne.  But since those first two weeks Halak has shown why the Blues traded for him and not Carey Price.  Halak is leading the NHL’s best team to the playoffs and Price is leading one of the NHL’s worst squads. Price, though, is the best of the three goalies, but just doesn’t have a team in front of him putting the puck in the net.

Past Winners

Season Winner Team Goals
allowed
Win #
1981–82 Rick Wamsley Montreal Canadiens 223 1
Denis Herron 1
1982–83 Roland Melanson New York Islanders 226 1
Billy Smith 1
1983–84 Al Jensen Washington Capitals 226 1
Pat Riggin 1
1984–85 Tom Barrasso Buffalo Sabres 237 1
Bob Sauve 1
1985–86 Bob Froese Philadelphia Flyers 241 1
Darren Jensen 1
1986–87 Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 241 1
Brian Hayward 1
1987–88 Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 238 2
Brian Hayward 2
1988–89 Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 218 3
Brian Hayward 3
1989–90 Andy Moog Boston Bruins 232 1
Rejean Lemelin 1
1990–91 Ed Belfour Chicago Blackhawks 211 1
1991–92 Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 207 4
1992–93 Ed Belfour Chicago Blackhawks 239 2
1993–94 Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 218 1
Grant Fuhr 1
1994–95 Ed Belfour Chicago Blackhawks 115 3
1995–96 Chris Osgood Detroit Red Wings 181 1
Mike Vernon 1
1996–97 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 182 1
Mike Dunham 1
1997–98 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 166 2
1998–99 Ed Belfour Dallas Stars 168 4
Roman Turek 1
1999–2000 Roman Turek St. Louis Blues 165 2
2000–01 Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 184 2
2001–02 Patrick Roy Colorado Avalanche 169 5
2002–03 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 166 3
Roman Cechmanek Philadelphia Flyers 166 1
Robert Esche 1
2003–04 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 164 4
2004–05 2004–05 NHL lockout
No winner
2005–06 Miikka Kiprusoff Calgary Flames 200 1
2006–07 Niklas Backstrom Minnesota Wild 191 1
Manny Fernandez 1
2007–08 Dominik Hasek Detroit Red Wings 184 3
Chris Osgood 2
2008–09 Tim Thomas Boston Bruins 196 1
Manny Fernandez 2
2009–10 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 191 5
2010–11 Roberto Luongo Vancouver Canucks 180 1
Cory Schneider 1

Brian Elliott

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

Jaroslav Halak

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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