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Brian Elliott Is Worst By Goals Versus Threshold

According to Tom Awad’s goals versus threshold system, Brian Elliott was the worst player in the league.  He split the season between the Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche and posted a .893 saves percentage, in a league where the average saves percentage was .913.  Nobody played more games than Elliott (who played 55 games) and posted a worse saves percentage.  He also allowed six of eight shots against in shootouts.  This is a small sample size, but it directly cost his team points.  Brian Elliott had a poor season. 

Elliott has been an NHL starter for the last two years.  He played 55 games a season each year.  He has played himself out of the NHL starters pool.  As a free agent this summer, Elliott signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues for only $600,000 for one season.  This is a last chance for Elliott.  If he fails, he is likely out of the NHL.

Elliott is pencilled in to be the St. Louis Blues backup goalie; playing behind Jaroslav Halak.  In all likelihood, Halak will play the majority of their games this season.  Should Elliott fail this season, St. Louis has Jake Allen and Ben Bishop waiting in the wings as potential NHL goalies.  Little is expected from Elliott this year.  He is expected to be a seldom used backup.

Elliott broke into the NHL with the Ottawa Senators in the 2008/09 season.  While he posted a winning record, it was largely due to improved team play that occurred around the same time Elliott began playing regularly.  He did not post particularly outstanding numbers with a .902 saves percentage and a 2.77 GAA.  He showed some improvement in 2009/10 with a .909 saves percentage and a 2.57 GAA, as he was an NHL starter.  That momentum stopped last season where his saves percentage dropped to .893 and his GAA ballooned to 3.34.  It may just be one down year, but it was a bad year.  Elliott is a less than average NHL goalie, but he has shown himself to be NHL calibre in the past (though not last season).  He won’t get much of a chance to show himself in the upcoming season.  He must do well to stay in the league.  A season of below average NHL calibre backup hockey likely will end his NHL career.

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If u watched a single sens or avs game last year where he started, you could see for yoruself how bad he was. He should be in the ECHL.

Posted by gutsandglory from ottawa on 08/23/11 at 04:05 PM ET


This is why I like GVT so much. It produces ratings that agree with what my eyes tell me (within same positions; center vs. center, goalie vs goalie). My eyes tell me Elliot has no business being in the NHL, regardless of how bad the Senators were.

Posted by steviesteve on 08/23/11 at 04:52 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

Elliott was supposed to be backing up Pascal Leclaire while he was in Ottawa. At all times, he was the starter by default - Pascal Leclaire was injured almost all the time, and at best inconsistent when he wasn’t.

There are some who feel Ottawa ruined Elliott by putting him into a position he wasn’t ready for. Particularly since coach Cory Clouston seemed to throw him under the bus quite a bit when things went bad but still went back to him game after game. Much has also been made of the almost personal level of hatred a certain larger member of the Ottawa sports media seemed to have for him.

At least for him, this year, it should be a chance to prove himself in the role he probably should have had the last 3 seasons. As terrible as he was last season - and he was terrible - I think he has it in him to show that he can be a reliable backup at the NHL level.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 08/23/11 at 05:04 PM ET

statelouis26's avatar

I could of figured this out without any stats.  In the games I watched with Ottawa, particularly the playoffs, he was either not ready or just plain awful.  I think it was him that Franzen got 5 goals against, but I’m not sure.  His angles are pathetic the majority of the time, especially short side.

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 08/25/11 at 12:55 AM ET

PuckStopsHere's avatar

For the record, Elliott did not play in the playoffs in 2010/11, which is the period these numbers are taken from.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 08/25/11 at 12:58 AM ET

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