Analysis

The State of the Chicago Blackhawks’ Goalie Situation

By Jonathan Durrbeck
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18: Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks follows the action against the Arizona Coyotes at the United Center on October18, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18: Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks follows the action against the Arizona Coyotes at the United Center on October18, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Collin Delia – Undrafted Free Agent signing in July 2017

Collin Delia has become the guy the ‘Hawks needed. An undrafted free agent out of Merrimack College, Delia signed after making an impression in a few prospect camps.

He continued that momentum into his first career NHL start on March 29, 2018 and into last year where he played 26 games with Rockford, posting a 13-12-4 record with a .922 save percentage, and 16 games with the Blackhawks where he had a 6-4-3 record and a .908 save percentage.

His numbers aren’t all that impressive, having been on a struggling ‘Hawks team, but he has been given an opportunity to play games to further develop his game.

Delia has been much more of a guy where you need to see him play. He has had a handful of big games for the Blackhawks, and provides that calming presence you love to see from a goaltender.

He has very fluid movements and strong mechanics that sets him up to have high potential of being an everyday NHL goalie.

Having Forsberg in Rockford last year didn’t help when Delia was sent back down, so having both him and Lankinen to battle it out for playing time is the type of healthy competition that can only help develop Delia into what you hope to be your future number one.

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