St Louis Blues: Top 30 Goaltenders in Franchise History

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29. Yves Belanger

1974-77; 48 games, 19-23-3 record, 3.66 GAA, 1 shutout

Belanger emerged with the St Louis Blues as a 22-year-old, and he had a strong rookie campaign as one of John Davidson’s backups, going 6-3-2 with a 2.72 goals-against average and his first career shutout through 11 games in 1974-75. He looked as if he could be a long-term option in net, and he got a chance to prove himself in 1975-76.

Unfortunately for Belanger, he didn’t exactly take great advantage of that opportunity, going 11-17-1 with a GAA of 3.85 while splitting time with grizzled veteran Eddie Johnston that season.

Belanger was little-used over the next two seasons, playing three games during each campaign before being traded to the Atlanta Flames in 1977.

Perhaps he could have been more impactful if he had been given more of a chance, especially since the Blues pretty much gave up on him as a 23-year-old, but even so, Belanger’s success during the 1974-75 season is enough to earn him a spot on this list.

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