Jake Allen got plenty of action in goal during his rookie year this season for the St. Louis Blues. As St. Louis goes into their planning for next season, there will be a lot of talk about what to do with Allen. I think the best thing for Allen at least for the time being is being the team’s backup goalie behind Brian Elliott.
Allen was 9-4 with a 2.46 goals against average during his 15 appearances this season. He did have some rough spots here and there, but that’s going to be expected out of a rookie goaltender. The experience is only going to make him a better player though. I don’t see any possibility of him bypassing Elliott on the depth chart, and the future of Jaroslav Halak is uncertain. If Allen can bide his time, he will get the chance to be the starter sooner rather than later for the Blues.
Elliott isn’t the healthiest guy out there having started more than 40 games just twice in his six-year career. That should lead to plenty of chances for Allen to get back between the pipes. I would not be surprised at all if we end up seeing Allen and Elliott starting the same amount of games next season for the Blues. It could lead to a very profitable timeshare for St. Louis and may even result in the team making it back to the playoffs. Allen is the goalie for the future in St. Louis in my opinion, and it’s only a matter of time until he takes over full-time. It could be as soon as next season.