Blackhawks Prospects

4 Potential Corey Crawford Replacements In the Blackhawks’ System

By Tony Gianares
LINKOPING, SWEDEN - AUGUST 30: IFK Helsinki's goalkeeper Kevin Lankinen during the Champions Hockey League group stage game between Linkoping HC and IFK Helsinki on August 30, 2015 in Linkoping, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Froberg/Linkoping HC/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
LINKOPING, SWEDEN - AUGUST 30: IFK Helsinki's goalkeeper Kevin Lankinen during the Champions Hockey League group stage game between Linkoping HC and IFK Helsinki on August 30, 2015 in Linkoping, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Froberg/Linkoping HC/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 09: Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Collin Delia (60) defends the goal during a game between the Nashville Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 9, 2019, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 09: Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Collin Delia (60) defends the goal during a game between the Nashville Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 9, 2019, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Collin Delia

Collin Delia had a great rookie season for the Blackhawks in 2018-19. He filled in quite nicely when Corey Crawford went down with his 2nd concussion and proved that he is the real deal.

Delia played 16 games during the 2018-19 season while Crawford was out. While the numbers might not indicate it, Delia performed really well behind what was a nonexistent defense at times. He ended up with a 3.61 GAA and .908 Sv%.

Collin Delia would eventually return to Rockford where he picked up right where he left off. After playing 26 games in the AHL, Delia finished with a 2.48 GAA and .922 Sv%.

I am a Collin Delia advocate and I believe the Blackhawks are in good hands, literally. What’s not to love, when we have saves like this to look forward to for the next 3 seasons?

https://twitter.com/Certified_TonyG/status/1088875036587540482

As it stands right now, the Blackhawks will enter the 2019-20 NHL season with Corey Crawford and Collin Delia as their goaltenders. I believe that’s a pretty solid tandem and Crawford would serve as a great mentor. I’m sure Delia could learn a lot from the 2-time Stanley Cup winner and 2-time William M. Jennings trophy winner.

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