Final Grade: Brian Elliott

DENVER, CO - MARCH 22: Goalie Brian Elliott #30 of the Colorado Avalanche looks on against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Pepsi Center on March 22, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Elliott had 29 saves including two in the shootout as the Avalanche defeated the Blue Jackets 5-4 in an overtime shootout. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)


This report card is a joint effort by Beachie, Sandie, Paul, SlamDunktheFunk and DDC. Stats courtesy of hockey-reference.com and NHL.com

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Final Grade

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Final Grade: D-

Position: G

Vitals: 6'3" / 201 / 26 / Catches L

Drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 9th round (291st) in the 2003 Entry Draft.

Joined Avalanche: Traded from the Senators in exchange for goaltender Craig Anderson on February 18, 2011. Made his Avalanche debut on Feb. 23rd vs. Edmonton.

MHH Nicknames: Tank

Linemates: N/A

Avs during Elliott starts: 2-9-1 (.333 pt%) 2.41 GF 4.00 GA

Ice Time: 11 starts, 10 games as backup, 1 relief appearance

Career Highlights: While with Ottawa, Elliott beat Montreal for the first time in five career attempts.

Report: Sometimes, a change of scenery can be a good thing for a struggling goalie. Dan Ellis, Dwayne Roloson, Craig Anderson, Curtis McElhinney and Elliott all changed teams in 2011. Ellis, Anderson and McElhinney improved from sub-.900 save percentages to .900+ after their trades. Roloson was above .900 both before and after the trade, and I hear he did fairly well in the playoffs. That leaves Elliott, who went from bad (3.19 GAA / .894) to worse (3.83 / .891). Certainly, Elliott had the misfortune of joining the Avalanche when they were playing dreadful hockey and Elliott faced an average of 30.6 shots against in his 11 Avalanche starts. But, Tank didn't exactly carry the team on top of his gun turret - he allowed 3 or more goals in 10 of his 12 appearances.

Fun Fact: As he was taken 3 spots after David Jones in the 2003 draft, he's now the lowest drafted player to appear in an Avalanche uniform.

The Elliott Drinking Game: Just drink. 

2010 Cap Hit: $850,000

2011 Status: RFA ($945,000 QO)

Outlook for Next Season: Although currently unsigned, pencil Elliott into the back-up goalie slot for next season. We suspect he'll go the Kevin Porter route and re-up to a modest one- or two-year deal before the Avs need to tender him. If that doesn't happen, though, the Avalanche just might pass on that hefty tender amount. Unless they are so damn cheap that they are going to ride the Tank all next year as well.

Next Up: Peter Budaj

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