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St.Louis Blues Sign Goaltender Paul Karpowich

Posted: April 20, 2012 by Steven Ellis in St. Louis Blues

The St.Louis Blues announced today that they have signed goaltender Paul Karpowich to a two-year, two-way contract.

Karpowich was originally drafted by the Blues in the seventh round, 185th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He will join the Blues Friday in St. Louis.

Karpowich, 21, has spent the past four seasons at Clarkson University. This past season, the 6-2, 195-pound goaltender appeared in 37 games posting a 16-15-6 record including a 2.46 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. Overall, during his collegiate career Karpowich appeared in 130 games accumulating a 46-66-16 record to go along with 2.93 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.

Karpowich is not one of the team’s high profile prospects. He doesn’t play for a powerhouse college team. He isn’t a flash and awe type player, but he’s solid, and some would say very underrated.  Here is a chat former St.Louis Game Time writer Randall Ritchey had with Karpowich. (more…)

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 -; 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. (more…)

Jake Allen

Posted: March 25, 2012 by Steven Ellis in St. Louis Blues

Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America

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. (more…)

St.Louis Blues Depth Chart

Posted: February 27, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Depth Charts, St. Louis Blues

  1.  Brian Elliot
  2. Jaroslav Halak
  3. Jake Allen
  4. Paul Karpowich
  5. Jordan Binnington
  6. Niklas Lundstrom

For a Ben Bishop scouting report, click here.


The Ottawa Senators moved quickly to add insurance with Craig Anderson out of the lineup, trading a second round draft pick in 2013 for St.Louis Blues prospect Ben Bishop.

Bishop has been among the best goalies in the American Hockey League this season and joins the Senators less than a week after Anderson underwent surgery for a severed tendon in his right hand. The 26-year-old Bishop, now the tallest goalie in the NHL at six foot seven, could offer a longer-term solution in the Senators net, but will be pressured by Robin Lehner for time.

The trade clearly gives Jake Allen a great chance in Peoria, and he’ll have to respond with some solid goaltending down the stretch. Allen, a 2011 AHL All-Star, is capable of being a starter, and is tabbed as the future goaltender with the Blues organization.

2010-11 St. Louis NHL 7 3 4 0 369 1 17 168 2.76 .899
Peoria AHL 35 17 14 2 2043 2 87 1011 2.55 .914
2009-10 Peoria AHL 48 23 18 4 2793 0 129 1302 2.77 .901
United States WC 1 0 0 20 0 0 5 0.00 1.000
2008-09 St. Louis NHL 6 1 1 1 245 0 12 112 2.94 .893
Peoria AHL 33 15 16 1 1898 1 89 860 2.81 .897
2007-08 Peoria AHL 5 2 2 1 302 0 12 131 2.38 .908
Maine HE 34 13 18 3 1972 2 80 995 2.43 .920
2006-07 Maine HE 34 21 9 2 1907 3 68 887 2.14 .923
2005-06 Maine HE 31 21 8 2 1788 0 68 2.28 .907
2004-05 Texas NAHL 45 35 8 0 2577 5 83 1042 1.93 .920
2003-04 St.L. AAA Blues MAHL 11 8 1 2 660 1 19 1.73
Total NHL 13 4 5 1 614 1 29 280 2.83 .896
Total AHL 121 57 50 8 7036 3 317 3304 2.70 .904
Total HE 99 55 35 7 5667 5 216 2.29
Total WC 1 0 0 20 0 0 5 0.00 1.000
Total NAHL 45 35 8 0 2577 5 83 1042 1.93 .920
Total MAHL 11 8 1 2 660 1 19 1.73
2010-11 St. Louis NHL
Peoria AHL 1 0 1 59 0 2 19 2.04 .895
2009-10 Peoria AHL
2008-09 St. Louis NHL
Peoria AHL
2007-08 Peoria AHL
Maine HE
2006-07 Maine HE
2005-06 Maine HE
2004-05 Texas NAHL 11 9 2 660 0 30 276 2.73 .891
2003-04 St.L. AAA Blues MAHL
Total AHL 1 0 1 59 0 2 19 2.03 .895
Total NAHL 11 9 2 660 0 30 276 2.73 .891

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. (more…)