Jake Allen
Jake Allen
30-Year-Old GoalieG
Montreal Canadiens
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Allen performed well as Jordan Binnington's backup in St. Louis last year, compiling a 12-6-3 record while registering a spectacular 2.15 GAA and .927 save percentage, which were both top five among goaltenders that played at least 20 games. The Canadiens have long needed a capable backup in order to give Carey Price some much-needed rest over the course of the regular season, and they were willing to trade a third-round pick to the Blues in September in order to bring in Allen to fill that roll in 2020-21. Price will still get 60-65 percent of the starts this season, but Allen will still play a substantial amount, and should be able to post a winning record with solid peripherals behind an improving Montreal team. That won't make him particularly appealing as a fantasy asset, but Allen will still be a decent bench option or at worst a solid streaming play during the upcoming campaign. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.75 million contract with the Canadiens in October of 2020.
Targeted for 30 games
GMontreal Canadiens
November 14, 2020
Canadiens goalie coach Stephane Waite projects Allen to play 30 games if the NHL has a regular 82-game schedule, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
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With an 82-game schedule looking unlikely, the Habs expect Allen to start somewhere between 35 and 40 percent of the games. The goal is to give the 33-year-old Carey Price plenty of rest, "His body is slower to recover between games," Waite said. "Carey wants to play every game, but he's going to appreciate playing a little less for quality starts. He won't have to cut corners to save his body." The benefits of a well-rested Price, who played a league-high 58 games during the regular season before it was suspended, was on display in the playoffs.
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The Blues were going to allow Allen's inconsistencies to linger as long as there wasn't a viable replacement. Finally, they found one buried in the minors. Binnington instantly came in and took control of the crease while single-handedly redirecting the Blues' season. While Binnington will be the starter for the Blues in the upcoming season, the team decided to keep Allen around since the youngster still hasn't proven himself in a full season of play. This is a solid scenario for Allen, who is clearly best-suited for a 1B role, as he posted a .922 save percentage and 2.28 GAA in 13 games after Binnington took over. Allen can expect at least 20 starts, and he could gain even more if Binnington has a sophomore slump.
Death, taxes and a midseason meltdown for Allen -- those are the only guarantees in life. The Blues invested a four-year extension (taking him through 2020-21) worth $4.35 AAV in Allen after he led them to the conference final in 2016, but his play has steadily declined since then. He finished 2017-18 with a .906 save percentage and 2.75 GAA on his way to a 27-25-3 record. The poor stat line can be attributed to Allen slumping around the new year for the second straight season and being replaced by Carter Hutton for games at a time. Hutton's carving his own fate in Buffalo now, so it'll be telling how Allen performs without the constant threat of losing his job to a perennial backup. The Blues will certainly be better offensively after making major offseason transactions, so that will also ease Allen's burden. Still, the 28-year-old has shown his colors -- he has oodles of talent (see the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs), but also inconsistencies that may not be worth the headache in select leagues.
Blue and yellow run in the veins of Allen, who’s been in the St. Louis organization since he was drafted in the second round back in 2008. He finally became the man in the Lou last year, playing in a career-high 61 games and winning 33 of them. Sure, Allen had his struggles at times, but the 27-year-old’s .915 save percentage and 2.42 GAA in 61 games were enough for the Blues to land a playoff spot. That’s where the fun started. In Game 1 against the Wild, he deflected 51 of 52 shots for an overtime win. Allen proceeded to carry the Blues over Minnesota in five games, but they ended up losing to Nashville, the Western Conference Champions, in six games. Their defeat certainly wasn't Allen’s fault -- he put up a .935 save percentage -- and it wouldn't be surprising to see the 27-year-old continue growing his game with that valuable experience in his back pocket. He hasn't yet achieved elite heights, but Allen is already a credible starter in most fantasy formats, and the best is still yet to come.
Allen is finally "the man" in St. Loo, courtesy of the offseason trade that jettisoned Brian Elliott to Calgary. Can he be the guy to take the Blues to the promised land? Well, we think so and so do the Blues, including in-house goalie guru, Martin Brodeur. Allen has been in the Blues system for eight years now and we've all grown a bit weary of the waiting. But he does own 11 shutouts in 89 career games, so the talent is clearly there. But Allen has been inconsistent in his time with the Blues – there have been some deep lows to go along with those tantalizing highs. Last season, he split time with Elliott and went 26-15-3 with a 2.35 GAA and .920 save percentage. But he took a back seat to Elliott in the postseason and got just a couple starts against San Jose, the eventual winners of the West. Allen enters the season with Carter Hutton as his backup, so expect a heavy workload for the 25-year-old starter. The Blues remain a potent team and will compete for a top-four finish out west. The blue line is strong in front of him and Allen will be the backbone. Grab him early. His time has come. Just monitor his consistency – it might become a challenge in head-to-head formats where inconsistency can become an anchor pretty quickly.
Allen started last season as Brian Elliott's backup, but by season's end, he was leading the Blues into their playoff series with Minnesota after posting a 2.28 GAA and .912 save percentage on his way to 22 regular-season wins. He and Elliott will likely enter training camp in an open competition for the starter's job, but with coach Ken Hitchcock returning behind the Blues' bench, Allen may have the upper hand. Given the team's approach over the last few years, this will likely shake out as a timeshare once again, but the Blues' strong lineup should yield solid fantasy numbers for both goalies.
Even though he saw no NHL action last season after appearing in 15 games for the Blues during the lockout-shortened campaign, Allen still managed to see his prospect luster increase. As the No. 1 netminder for AHL Chicago, Allen posted a phenomenal 33-16-3 record to go along with a 2.03 GAA and .928 save percentage, earning AHL Goalie of the Year honors for his efforts. Allen’s scintillating performance undoubtedly factored into the Blues’ decision not to pursue a goalie in free agency, with the team instead re-signing top-flight backup Brian Elliott and promoting him to the No. 1 gig, while appointing the 24-year-old Allen as his understudy. Elliott’s lack of extensive experience as a full-time goalie will likely allow Allen to whittle into his start total, but both goalies should finish with a solid won/loss record to go along with strong ratios, if for no other reason than the fact they’ll be playing behind a top-flight offense and an elite defense. Elliott’s three-year deal could keep him entrenched as the starter for the life of the deal if his performance warrants it, but the goalie situation should be viewed as an apprenticeship for Allen, who will play the Cory Schneider to Elliott’s Roberto Luongo. If Allen’s transition to the NHL proves seamless in the early going, coach Ken Hitchcock may even opt for a more even split of starts between his two netminders, rather than a cut and dry No. 1/No. 2 arrangement.
Allen looked good in his NHL debut last season, posting a 2.46 GAA and a .905 save percentage. The rookie went 8-1 in his first nine starts between the pipes and showed real flashes of greatness. He first stepped in for Brian Elliott, who was sent to the minors, and then hung onto the job as Jaroslav Halak suffered what was essentially a season-ending groin injury. Expect the Blues to break camp with Halak and Elliott. But Allen will most get the call at the first sign of trouble ... or trade.
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 Rivermen’s 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.
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Signs two-year extension
GMontreal Canadiens
October 14, 2020
Allen penned a two-year, $5.75 million contract extension with Montreal on Wednesday.
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Acquired via trade
GMontreal Canadiens
September 2, 2020
The Blues traded Allen and a 2022 seventh-round pick to the Canadiens on Wednesday in exchange for 2020 third- and seventh-round picks.
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Allows one goal in relief outing
GSt. Louis Blues
August 21, 2020
Allen allowed a goal on six shots in relief of Jordan Binnington during Friday's 6-2 loss to the Canucks in Game 6.
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Not starting Game 6
GSt. Louis Blues
August 21, 2020
Allen will be the backup to Jordan Binnington in Friday's Game 6 against the Canucks, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
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Falters in Game 5
GSt. Louis Blues
August 19, 2020
Allen yielded four goals on 30 shots in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Canucks in Game 5.
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