10. Corey Crawford
When you talk about the best Chicago Blackhawks’ goalies, Corey Crawford isn’t number one, but he will have to be in the conversation after his showing since 2011 in net.
Crawford, 34, was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2003 and has worked his way up ever since. It took Crawford 8 years to finally get his starting role in 2011 after many years of playing in the minors.
The second Corey Crawford took the ice in 2011, us fans knew we had a star on our hands. Crawford came up after the 2010 Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks.
The tough thing about that was the Blackhawks lost a lot of their key role players from the 2010 roster due to the salary cap. It was almost like a fresh start for the team that a year ago won the Stanley Cup.
The 2011 Chicago Blackhawks would take the 8th seed in the playoffs. They would end up getting knocked out by the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the 1st round, after being down 3-0 in the series. That was only the start of Corey Crawford in the playoffs.
In his 3rd year as a starter (2013), after being knocked out of the playoffs back-to-back years in the first round, Crawford took the Chicago Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup and won it. He would do the same in 2015.
Corey Crawford, now a 2-time Stanley Cup Champion, has had 3 seasons where he was a top 10 goalie in wins. He also won the William M. Jennings Trophy twice, once in 2013 and the other in 2015.
Crawford has played over 25,000 minutes in the Blackhawks’ net and is the 3rd most winningest goalie in Chicago Blackhawks history with 244.
His accomplishments speak for themselves and he has always been a guy that the team could count on in net during those lengthy playoff runs in the early 2010s.