23-Year-Old Goalie – St. Louis Blues
Jake Allen Contract Information:
Signed a two-year extension with the Blues in July of 2013.
Allen was assigned to AHL Chicago on Thursday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Allen, 22, is the Blues' goalie of the future and has been the past two seasons while he's honed his craft in the AHL for Peoria. After sharing the Peoria net for much of that time with Ben Bishop, Allen became the unquestioned No. 1 when the Blues traded Bishop midseason. Allen was perhaps the best goalie in the AHL during the 2010-11 season, but failed to come close to that standard last season. It wasn't until the end of January that he got his save percentage north of .900, and his goals-against average stayed above 3.00 until late March. The Rivermen weren't a great bunch in front of him, but Allen needs to play better. The poor season put a little tarnish on him. It will be good see how he bounces back from his first professional adversity. The Blues are locked in at goal for the next two years with Jaro Halak and Brian Elliott, so Allen must continue to work on his game in Peoria.
The Blues are waiting on Allen, who was a leading a goalie in the AHL for much of the season before tailing off after February. The 20-year-old was the No. 1 goalie at Peoria in his first year at the level and posted six shutouts in 47 starts. The Blues brought in veteran Brian Elliott on a two-way contract, but 2011-12 is all about giving Allen more experience. Another season as the Rivermenís top goalie is on tap for Allen.
Allen, 20, finally arrives at the pro level in 2010 when he'll team with Ben Bishop to be the goaltending tandem for the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League. He was named the goaltender of the year in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, posting a 2.20 GAA and .922 save percentage. He's probably passed Bishop as a prospect and there's a chance he ends up in St. Louis in 2011, when Ty Conklin's contract expires.
It will be another year in the juniors for Allen, who has been re-assigned to Montreal Junior of the Quebeck Major Junior Hockey League. A 2008 second-round pick (34th overall), Allen is at least two years away from making an impact on the Blues roster.
Allen was a 2nd round pick (34th overall) in the 2008 Draft. He will spend another season in the QMJHL with the hope of making it to the NHL soon after that. He is behind Ben Bishop who is another young goaltender on the Blues Depth Chart at this time.