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Jake Allen on a downward slope in recent years

Jake Allen celebrated his 33rd birthday exactly one month ago. It’s no secret that, at a certain age, field hockey players start to see their performances go downhill, and Allen is not spared by the statistic.

Journal de Montréal journalist Jonathan Bernier did his research with Sportlogiq and discovered that Jake Allen has reached the age where it feels like the end for goalies.

In fact, as Bernier reports, goaltenders are in a constant state of evolution until the age of 29. From 29 to 33, goaltenders see their performances get worse and worse, and from 33 onwards, that’s when many of them start thinking about retirement and teams begin to lose interest in them.

A look at Jake Allen’s stats shows him to be a perfect example of this phenomenon.

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Jake Allen had his best season in terms of stats in 2019-20. And guess what? He was 29 for the entire season! He had an efficiency percentage of .927 and a goals-against average of 2.15. Both were career bests in a single season.

But by the following season, his stats were on a downward slope. There’s no recovery. It really goes down gradually with each campaign.

He went from 2.15 goals allowed to 2.68, to 3.30 and finally to 3.55 last year. The same goes for the efficiency percentage. It goes from 0.927 to 0.907, to 0.905 and finally to 0.891.

Fortunately for Allen, his position is secure with a new contract that takes effect this season. This 2-year deal adds $3.85 million to the Canadiens’ payroll over the next two seasons.

That’s a high price to pay for a goalie, but you have to admit that there are worse contracts out there, like Jack Campbell, who will be a number two goalie in Edmonton for the next few years with a contract worth $5 million a year until 2026.

Jake Allen will remain an excellent number-two goalie for the CH, but when his contract expires, don’t be surprised if he doesn’t find a new team.


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