After a promising start as a rookie in the NHL four seasons ago, scoring a game winning goal for the Colorado Avalanche in his first appearance, and appearing in 39 games, 1991-born North Vancouver product Stefan Elliot is still waiting for an opportunity to crack the NHL lineup full time.
That may soon change however, as Stefan was named to the AHL All Star team January 6.
Elliott has 20 points in 33 games and is tied for the team lead in goals with nine. He has six power-play goals and eight power-play points and leads the Monsters with three game-winners.
This will be his first All-Star game, and he was the lone Monster named to the team.
Elliott, 23, is on pace for his best AHL season after notching 14 goals and 28 points in 61 games for the Monsters last season.
A second-round draft pick (49th overall) by the Avalanche in 2009, he has six career goals and 12 assists in 58 NHL games. .
In that first pro year he finished tied for third among Colorado D-men despite playing only a half a season in the NHL. Since then it’s been an up and down ride for the 2009-2010 WHL Defenceman of the Year.
Here is a recap of Stefan’s last four pro seasons along with his four WHL seasons, courtesy of the AHL Lake Erie Monsters.
Spent most of the season with Lake Erie (AHL), where he led all Monsters defensemen with 14 goals in 61 games…Finished third among team defensemen in scoring with 28 points…Led all club defenders and ranked second on the team with 158 shots…Joined the Avalanche for the regular season finale on April 13 at Anaheim, scoring a goal in his only NHL game of the 2013-14 campaign…Was on Colorado’s playoff roster but did not dress during the postseason…
Appeared in 18 games for the Avalanche, tallying a goal and three assists…All four of his points came in the final eight games after being held scoreless in his first 10 contests…Skated in 44 games for the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL), collecting 13 points (5g/8a)…Was recalled by Colorado for the third and final time on April 6…Was originally recalled on Feb. 17 and appeared in five games with the Avalanche before being reassigned on March 7…Recalled again on March 19 and reassigned after two games on March 24.
Split his first professional season between the Avalanche and Lake Erie Monsters (AHL)…Skated in 39 games for Colorado, tallying 13 points (4g/9a) with a +2 plus/minus rating…Finished tied for third among Avalanche defensemen in goals despite playing only a half season in the NHL…Also dressed in 30 contests for Lake Erie, recording 14 points (5g/9a) with a +5 rating…Was first recalled by Colorado on Nov. 25…Scored the game-winning goal in his NHL debut on Nov. 26 vs. Edmonton, becoming the first defenseman in Avalanche history to score a goal in his first career game…
Was the first Avalanche player to score a goal in his league debut since forward Vaclav Nedorost on Oct. 3, 2001 at Pittsburgh…He also became the first player in Nordiques/Avalanche franchise history to score the game-winning goal in his first career game…Went on to collect points in each of his first three NHL games (2g/1a), the first Avalanche defenseman to ever do that, and the first Colorado player to accomplish the feat since Radim Vrbata in November of 2001…
Dressed in 29 straight games following his recall from Nov. 26 to Jan. 24…Was reassigned to Lake Erie on Feb. 4 and recalled for the second time on Feb. 21…Spent the next six weeks with Colorado, appearing in nine contests…Recorded his first career multi-point game with a pair of assists on March 4 at Minnesota…Was reassigned to Lake Erie for the conclusion of the AHL season on April 6.
Was awarded the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy as the Western Hockey League’s Defenseman of the Year…Led all WHL defensemen with 31 goals and tied for first among blueliners with 81 points in 71 games for the Saskatoon Blades…Was the first WHL defenseman to reach the 30-goal mark since 2006-07…Led the entire league in game-winning goals (12) and plus/minus rating (+62)…Was named to the WHL’s Eastern Conference First All-Star Team…
Helped Saskatoon capture the league’s best record during the regular season and went on to tally eight points (3g/5a) in 10 postseason contests…Finished his junior career as the highest-scoring defenseman in Blades history with 241 points (82g/159a) in 282 career games…Signed an entry-level contract with the Avalanche on March 21 and concluded the 2010-11 season with the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL), recording two assists in five playoff games.
Led all WHL defensemen with 26 goals while appearing in 72 games for the Saskatoon Blades…Finished tied for fourth among league blueliners in scoring with 65 points (26g/39a)…Shared the team lead and finished seventh overall in the WHL with a +41 plus/minus rating…Named Saskatoon’s MVP, Best Defenseman and Most Gentlemanly Player…Represented Team WHL at the 2009 Subway Super Series…Led all Saskatoon blueliners with eight points (3g/5a) in 10 playoff games.
Totaled 55 points (16g/39a) in 71 games with Saskatoon…Led all Blades defenders in goals, assists and points…Tied for sixth among league defensemen in scoring…Took part in the 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game…Became the first-ever Saskatoon Blade to be named the WHL Scholastic Player of the Year after maintaining a 93.3% school average.
Led all Saskatoon defensemen in assists (31) and points (40) while appearing in 67 games during his first full WHL season…Finished second among WHL rookie defensemen in goals (tied-9) and points…
Represented Team Canada at the 2009 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, notching two assists in six games…Recorded two assists for Team Canada as the squad earned a gold medal at the 2008 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka tournament.
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|2013-14 Regular||Lake Erie||61||14||14||28||-16||158||14||1||9||1||0.111|
|2012-13 Regular||Lake Erie||44||5||8||13||-10||89||6||1||1||0||1.000|
|2011-12 Regular||Lake Erie||30||5||9||14||5||68||4||0||2||0||0.000|
|2011 Calder Cup||Lake Erie||5||0||2||2||-3||6||0||0||0||0||0.000|