As a rookie with the Hershey Bears this season, the 21-year-old has posted a 6-4-1 record with a 2.10 goals-against average, a .928 save percentage and one shutout in 12 games.
He spent the first half of the season in the ECHL with Reading and was named a starter in the ECHL All-Star game after going 19-5-1 with a 2.30 GAA and .912 save percentage in 26 appearances. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound German was selected by the Capitals in the fourth round (No. 112) of the 2010 NHL Draft.
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie