Key 2: Keep building on his past success
It wasn’t by accident that Delia earned himself a contract with Chicago. He earned it. He received an extension on the introductory deal Chicago made after demonstrating a positive trend in his development.
During his time with the organization, his numbers have mostly improved, and he’s progressed into a decent goalie. By continuing this trend, Delia will not doubt his place in the line-up. He’ll be in net, and maybe even able to assume the starter’s spot.
He hasn’t shown that he’ll be at risk of faltering, but his play may not translate to the NHL. That won’t be for lack of effort. Delia has shown that he has the drive to succeed, and he’s put in the time to improve himself.
Looking over his games in Rockford last year, Delia had started a bit slowly, and to be honest, a bit rough. However, he was able to right the ship and end the shortened season with a .912 SV%. The previous season he ended the season with .922 SV%. Yes, this is in the AHL, but those represent good performances.
Is he ready to be a starter? We’ll see, but he’s shown he’s ready to play and at all levels. He hasn’t done anything to say that he shouldn’t get a shot at a regular spot in the NHL. Numbers don’t lie. Even if Crawford were still around Delia would in the conversation to get playing time in the NHL.