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.
|1981–82||Rick Wamsley||Montreal Canadiens||223||1|
|1982–83||Roland Melanson||New York Islanders||226||1|
|1983–84||Al Jensen||Washington Capitals||226||1|
|1984–85||Tom Barrasso||Buffalo Sabres||237||1|
|1985–86||Bob Froese||Philadelphia Flyers||241||1|
|1986–87||Patrick Roy||Montreal Canadiens||241||1|
|1987–88||Patrick Roy||Montreal Canadiens||238||2|
|1988–89||Patrick Roy||Montreal Canadiens||218||3|
|1989–90||Andy Moog||Boston Bruins||232||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|
|1994–95||Ed Belfour||Chicago Blackhawks||115||3|
|1995–96||Chris Osgood||Detroit Red Wings||181||1|
|1996–97||Martin Brodeur||New Jersey Devils||182||1|
|1997–98||Martin Brodeur||New Jersey Devils||166||2|
|1998–99||Ed Belfour||Dallas Stars||168||4|
|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|
|2003–04||Martin Brodeur||New Jersey Devils||164||4|
|2004–05||2004–05 NHL lockout
|2005–06||Miikka Kiprusoff||Calgary Flames||200||1|
|2006–07||Niklas Backstrom||Minnesota Wild||191||1|
|2007–08||Dominik Hasek||Detroit Red Wings||184||3|
|2008–09||Tim Thomas||Boston Bruins||196||1|
|2009–10||Martin Brodeur||New Jersey Devils||191||5|
|2010–11||Roberto Luongo||Vancouver Canucks||180||1|
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.
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
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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|
|2003–04||HC Slovan Bratislava||SVK||12||—||—||—||651||18||0||1.66||.942|
|2005–06||Long Beach Ice Dogs||ECHL||20||11||4||2||1026||35||2||2.05||.932|
|2010–11||St. Louis Blues||NHL||57||27||21||7||3294||136||7||2.48||.910|
|2003–04||HC Slovan Bratislava||SVK||1||—||—||45||6||62||0||8.00||.903|
|2005–06||Long Beach Ice Dogs||ECHL||4||2||2||252||13||144||0||3.09||.910|
|SENIOR INTERNATIONAL TOTALS||13||5||6||0||731||32||2||2.46||.900|
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