Blackhawks News

Worse Than I Imagined!

By Keith Schultz

April 17, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Phoenix Coyotes left wing Raffi Torres (37) and Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) look for the puck during the first period in game three of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

When the rankings were announced for the top 30 fantasy goalies for 2012-2013 I like probably everyone else reading this was not holding my breath for a top 10 spot for Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford.  The last time we saw Crawford he was playing very solid hockey during the first three periods only to let in two horrific OT goals.

Let’s be honest Crawford suffered a severe case of the sophomore slump.  He had games during the season where he looked great, but he also had games were he looked dazed and confused.  All of his major goal keeping categories slid from his rookie season to last year. I’d imagine the hardest working Blackhawk this off season was Crawford.

I figured to find Crawfords name in the late teens or early 20’s in the fantasy rankings.  Nope! he is #33 in the top 30 list of goalies.  If he wasn’t the hardest working player he should be now!  Come on, they have Ilya Bryzgalov of the Philadelphia Flyers ranked 14th and everyone knows the Flyers goalies are the worst in the NHL routinely!

I was surprised after his Stanley Cup run that Jonathan Quick wasn’t the #1 rated goalie but he was #3.  #1 was reserved for NY Ranger Henrik Lundqvist, which was followed by Hawks nemisis Pekka Rinne of the Predators (guess they forgot they lost Suter)

If the season does start I believe Crawford will be a steal because he’s going to rebound nicely after last seasons disappointment! What do you think? Will Crawford rebound?