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How Good Is J-P Lamoureux?

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By Brian Weidler, "Game Time" Prospect Department

This good.

........... Jean-Philippe LAMOUREUX, Goaltender, Catches L, 5-08, 160, Born 08-24-84, Grand Forks, ND ...........

Season Club GP Mins GA SA GAA Record SO Save % SA/60 G A Pt PM
2002-03 Lincoln Stars (USHL) 34 1967:43 71 852 2.16 27- 7- 4 4 91.67 25.98 0 1 1 2
2003-04 Lincoln Stars (USHL) 50 2873:35 134 1633 2.80 22-23-3 3 91.79 34.10 0 4 4 12
2004-05 U. North Dakota (WCHA) 18 1043:26 38 444 2.19 7-8-2 0 91.44 25.53 0 0 0 4
2005-06 U. North Dakota (WCHA) 14 734:26 32 359 2.61 5-7-0 1 91.09 29.33 0 0 0 2
2006-07 U. North Dakota (WCHA) 37 2183:49 88 1007 2.42 21-12-4 3 91.26 27.66 0 2 2 4
2007-08 U. North Dakota (WCHA) 42 2507:38 73 1077 1.75 27-11-4 6 93.22 25.77 0 1 1 8
2008-09 Alaska (ECHL) 51 3071:20 117 1524 2.29 33-16-2 8 92.32 29.77 0 0 0 10
... USHL Totals 84 4821:18 205 2485 2.55 44-30-7 7 91.75 30.86 0 5 5 14
... WCHA Totals 111 6469:18 231 2887 2.14 60-38-10 10 92.00 26.78 0 3 3 18
... ECHL Totals 51 3071:20 117 1524 2.29 33-16-2 8 92.32 29.77 0 0 0 10

All this guy has ever done is excel, and lead his team as far as one man can. In the USHL, he and the Lincoln Stars -- including Blues RW David Backes -- won the Clark Cup in his rookie season in 2002-03.

In college, Lamoureux and the North Dakota Fighting Sioux -- including T.J. Oshie from 2005-06 to 2007-08 -- made the Frozen Four every season of his career, from 2004-05 to 2007-08.

Jean-Philippe Lamoureux stops a shot in the Blues' 2008 Development Camp ('Game Time' photo by Brian Weidler)And in this current season, his first as a pro, Lamoureux led the ECHL in wins (33) and save percentage (92.32%), and was second in GAA (2.29). In the playoffs, Lamoureux leads the league in wins with 8, and is second in GAA (1.89) and save percentage (94.22%).

The Blues' prospect goaltending pipeline is already pretty well full, with Ben Bishop and Chris Holt poised to carry the load in Peoria in 2009-10; Jake Allen continuing to develop into one of the top goalies in the QMJHL; Paul Karpowich looking to build on a strong rookie season with Clarkson University (ECAC); and Reto Berra (SUI), Marek Schwarz (CZE) and Hannu Toivonen (FIN) in reserve across the pond.

There is, however, no such thing as too much solid young goaltending. Lamoureux has been in the Blues' Development Camp, and the organization could do a lot worse than to bring him back again and see just how hard he can push the guys ahead of him on the depth chart.