#1: Brian Elliott
Obviously Brian Elliott has to be the number one for this countdown. Here we are almost half way into the season and Brian Elliott has revamped his short career and through 38 games he has appeared in just over half of those games and his numbers are among the best in the NHL. His GAA is a miniscule 1.70 and his save % just fell below 94% in tonight’s loss to Detroit. Elliott has by far been the biggest surprise on this Blues team so far.
Elliott was brought in to push Ben Bishop in training camp and was expected to start the season in the AHL, more than likely either splitting time or perhaps backing up youngster Jake Allen. The organization chose to gave him a chance and that decision has paid them back big time. Elliott has forced Halak to play better and if it were not for his stellar play in the first half there is a good chance that the Blues are basement dwellers in the Western Conference. If he can play a majority of the games in the second half of the season and hold his numbers where they are now and add a few more shutouts there is a small chance that Elliott could walk away with the Vezina trophy although he would have to beat out tons of other excellent goalies. Especially ones in his own division in Pekka Rinne and Jimmy Howard.
Hope you enjoyed the countdown. Agree/Disagree with any of them? Let me know down in the comments and I wish everyone the best in 2012.