The Blues may have a new goaltender after Sunday’s NHL draft, but that doesn’t mean he’ll come from one of the team’s six amateur selections.
The club counts Jaroslav Halak, Brian Elliott and Jake Allen among their candidates for the top two positions in 2013-14. A year ago, Halak dealt with back-to-back groin injuries, Elliott battled inconsistency and Allen was simply trying to overcome a lack of experience.

After the Blues’ playoff exit in May, general manager Doug Armstrong labeled the situation as “cloudy.” Over a month later, the billows have yet to break up.

“Nothing has really changed,” Armstrong said. “We’ve had our organizational meetings. There’s pros and cons with each of the three guys, where they’re at in their career, where they are at moving forward.

“Jake came up and gave us some great games and ‘Ells’ had a great finish. Jaro, we’ve just got to get to a comfort level that his injuries are behind him and he can give us 55 or 60 games. So we’re still working through all those issues.”

The Blues could clear up the view of the goaltending while in New Jersey for Sunday’s draft at the Prudential Center. There are a number of scenarios that could play out over the weekend, including trading a goalie for another position, swapping netminders or waiting to make a move.

A list of potential trade options includes Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, Vancouver’s Roberto Loungo and Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller.

“It seems like a lot of teams are looking to change out their mix,” Armstrong said. “So there could be five or six available. But I think everyone is the same way: good goalies are hard to find and if you have them, you don’t give them away.”

Two years ago, the Blues had a tremendous tandem in Halak and Elliott, with each winning at least 23 games while combining for 15 shutouts and a 1.89 goals-against average.

But 2012-13 was a completely different story, with Halak managing just six victories and Elliott winning only three games before reeling off 11 in a spectacular month of April. Without Allen’s surprising play, picking up nine wins as a rookie, the Blues might have been hard-pressed to make the playoffs, let alone finish with the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference.

Armstrong has indicated that Allen is ready for full-time work in the NHL, specifically saying “he’s at the point now where I don’t think he’s going back to the American Hockey League.”

Both Halak, 28, and Elliott, 28, have a year remaining on their contracts. Halak is scheduled to be paid $4.5 million in 2013-14 with a salary-cap hit of $3.75 million. Elliott will make $1.9 million in ‘13-14 with a $1.8 million cap hit.