Future Watch: Jordan Binnington Rookie Hockey Cards, Blues – Jordan Binnington was drafted by the St. Louis Blues with the 88th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The fact that he is starring in his rookie season in 2019 is incredibly weird.
This netminder played in the OHL with the Owen Sound Attack. His first two seasons were good, and he got playoff experience. As a reward he played one game with the Peoria Riverman in the AHL.
During the 2013-14 he shined. He played in 50 games and had a stellar .932 save percentage. In 12 playoff games he had a .916 percentage. He was the organizations’ 2nd best goalie prospect at the time the big club had Jaroslav Halak, Ryan Miller and Brian Elliott. Then Jake Allen was the next guy in line, so he played on.
After four years with the Chicago Wolves things were getting a bit stale. In 2017-18, the Blues lent him to the Providence Bruins so he could play more because of a shared AHL affiliation. In 28 games he had a .926 save percentage. The postseason wasn’t as kind to him.
At this point most felt like the clock was ticking on whether or not he would get his shot in the NHL. In 2018-19 he was starring for San Antonio in the AHL and the Blues were toiling in last place. Injuries opened up the door for him and he got a start against the Philadelphia Flyers. I had a chance to cover that game, and I was excited for him since I had always thought he had the stuff. He got a shutout in his first NHL start. Then he went on a tear.
Here’s a look at that game:
Now 25, he’s starring in the playoffs and his team just upset the Winnipeg Jets. Nobody knows where this story will end but a great career just got started.
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