Editorials

Chicago Blackhawks’ ‘All-Drafted Team’ Would Compete Annually

By Aaron Goldschmidt
Feb 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks president John McDonough during a press conference to announce that Chicago will host the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks president John McDonough during a press conference to announce that Chicago will host the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 13, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) looks on after giving up a goal to Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (not pictured) in the third period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 6-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 13, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) looks on after giving up a goal to Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (not pictured) in the third period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 6-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

Goaltenders

Corey Crawford – Drafted in 2003, Moncton Wildcats

I will be the first to admit that I never had a lot of faith in Corey Crawford.  I didn’t like that he stopped the difficult shots but let in the easy ones.  It made me think he was mentally soft and unfocused.

When he was signed a six-year, $36 million deal, I thought the ’Hawks were in a world of trouble.  Turns out he is mentally tough and has a pretty good contract now after two Stanley Cups.  I wouldn’t prefer any other goalie for my team than Crawford.

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Craig Anderson – Drafted in 2001, Guelph Storm

Anderson was drafted by the ’Hawks but didn’t become successful until his years with the Avalanche and Senators.

Anderson is a Park Ridge, Ill., native and comes back home during the offseason to hold goalie camps for local kids.  Anderson has been a solid goalie in the NHL for many years and would serve as a great backup to Crawford.

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