The first quarter of the 2013 season is over for the Chicago Blackhawks, and we’ve graded the forwards and defensemen already.
So, now let’s turn our attentions to the goaltenders.
9 games, 7-0-2, 1.62 GAA, .935 save percentage, 1 shutout
Where do we begin with Crawford’s performance this year? After listening to four extra months of offseason chatter about how he wasn’t good enough to take the Blackhawks to the next level, he has emphatically answered the bell with a fantastic start. He’s among the league’s leaders in every major statistical category.
3 games, 3-0-0, 2.59 GAA, .920 save percentage
Emery had a rough first start against Phoenix, but his play has been stronger with each subsequent start. Certainly there are those that will question aspects of his game, but he was certainly good enough in Calgary to compensate for a mediocre offensive performance.