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Blues Goaltender Jake Allen Named to the 2012-13 NHL All-Rookie Team

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Feb 19, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen (34) saves a shot by San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) in the third period at the Scottrade Center. San Jose defeated St. Louis 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
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(KSDK Sports) -- On eve of the 2013 NHL Draft, the league today announced the 2012-13 NHL All-Rookie Team, which included Blues goaltender Jake Allen, forwards Brendan Gallagher (Montreal), Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida) and Brandon Saad (Chicago Blackhawks) as well as defensemen Jonas Brodin (Minnesota) and Justin Schultz (Edmonton).

Allen, 22, led rookie goaltenders in wins (9), goals-against average (2.46) and save percentage (.905) while ranking second in appearances (15) and minutes (803:53). The 6'2, 195-pound goaltender won eight of his first nine decisions, including five straight from March 7-16, and became the third goaltender in League history to win his first NHL start in Detroit (Damian Rhodes, 1991; Rastislav Stana, 2004).

Allen made a career-high and Blues season-high 39 saves March 12 versus San Jose and posted his first career shutout March 14 against Phoenix (28 saves). 

Calder Trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau of Florida and Brandon Saad of the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks headline the NHL's All-Rookie Team for the 2012-13 season.

Joining the two forwards for this year's team were Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher, defensemen Justin Schultz of Edmonton and Jonas Brodin of Minnesota.

Huberdeau notched 14 goals and 17 assists in playing all 48 games this season. His 31 points tied for first among NHL rookies. The 19-year-old was chosen with the third overall pick of the 2011 NHL Draft and recorded the most points by a teenager in Panthers history.

Saad led all first-year players with a plus-17 rating to help Chicago earn its second Presidents' Trophy during the regular season. The 20-year-old 2011 second-round pick ranked among the top five rookies in all major scoring categories, notching 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points in 46 games.

Gallagher was second among rookies with 15 goals and fourth with 28 points in 44 games this season. The 21-year-old 2010 fifth-round draft pick helped the Canadiens win the Northeast Division.

Saad and Gallagher were finalists, along with Huberdeau, for the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.

Schultz led all first-year defensemen with eight goals, 19 assists and 27 points in 48 games. Brodin, at 19 years old, was the youngest defensemen in the NHL this season and led all rookies in total time on ice while notching two goals and 11 points in 45 games.

 

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