Chicago Blackhawks’ Crawford Carrying His Team Early In 2017-18

By John Aubert
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 21: Goaltender Corey Crawford
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 21: Goaltender Corey Crawford /

NHL goaltenders have the most fragile reputation there could be in sports. They’re praised one minute, then ridiculed the next. Chicago Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford is no stranger to the phenomena, however, in recent times he has earned the respect from his play.

Corey Crawford may possibly be one of the most underrated goaltenders in the NHL. Fans all across the league find him to be average, and put to great heights by the team in front of him. If anyone knows the Chicago Blackhawks, they’ll know that this team cannot go anywhere without a sturdy player guarding the crease.

The ‘Hawks wouldn’t be above .500 so far this season if Crawford wasn’t playing at the ability he is right now. The team in front of him has been able to play decently enough to get a few goals on the scoreboard, but Crawford has been playing well enough to ascend them into the win column with his great goaltending.

The narrative this year hasn’t been the type of Cup contenders, but it’s worked. The ’Hawks haven’t had a great powerplay all year, only having nine goals with the extra man and an awful 14.29 percent success rate. Not to mention, the team is one of the worst when it comes to puck possession.

Crow putting up the stats

The fact that Crawford has been able to post a 7-4-0 record with a 1.75 goals-allowed average and a .945 save percentage with two shutouts has been astonishing. Better yet, it’s proven the NHL that this season has been all about himself.

Crow is currently sitting atop the NHL with his GAA, and he sits in second place for save percentage, just one-hundredth of a percentage point behind injured Oscar Dansk with the Vegas Golden Knights.

Just imagine how amazing Crawford’s stats would be if the team in front of him was at elite status, just like previous years.

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No matter what, Crow could be in the Vezina Trophy conversation if he continues being the best he could be.