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St. Louis, MO– St. Louis Blues announced today the club has recalled goaltender Jordan Binnington from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.
Binnington is 22 years old and has appeared in 17 games with the Wolves this season, posting an 8-6-2 record, a 2.57 goals against average, a .910 save percentage, and one shutout.
The 6-foot-1, 167-pound goaltender was originally drafted by the Blues in the third round (88th overall) of the 2011 Entry Draft and is currently in his second season in Chicago.
According to certain scouts he has a 7.5/10 rating with a “C” success rate of making a career in the NHL.
Blues goaltender Jake Allen left Friday night’s game against Anaheim in the second period with a lower-body injury. Brian Elliot is expected to start against the Los Angeles Kings this evening with Binnington assuming the backup role. Martin Broduer is on the trip to California and when asked if he would be able to suit up per an emergency, he responded, “I was born ready.”
Binnington is splitting time with the newest member of the Chicago Wolves, recently acquired Phoenix Copley. Copley was acquired by the Capitals in the T.J. Oshie trade this summer, and would hope to bring his big game presence from Hershey (AHL) to Chicago. Both goaltenders have appeared in 17games playing approx. 1000min. Binnington (8-6-2) and Copley (8-8) offer the Blues another piece to a trade puzzle. Both goalies have nearly identical stats playing for the Wolves. Doug Armstrong and Ken Hitchcock seem to be comfortable with Allen ruining the Blues defensive effort and not giving Brian Elliot a fair shot. However, It’s no secret that the big club has been struggling, and with missing pieces creating larger gaps each night, its crucial the Blues remain steadfast to the plan.