Corey Crawford Wins Game 4, Blackhawks Survive

There’s really no sugar-coating it: on Sunday night, Corey Crawford beat the Vegas Golden Knights.

Crawford has put together a resume that will get some serious consideration for the Hall of Fame when he retires, including two championships. He’s played in some of the biggest games in franchise history and performed admirably. Most (including Patrick Kane) believe he should have won the Conn Smythe in 2013.

But Sunday night may have been his finest playoff performance.

Crawford allowed one goal against 49 shots in regulation to give the Blackhawks at least one more game in the 2020 playoffs. He was tremendous from start to finish, begging his defense to help him while continuing to keep the puck out of the net.

How much did the stats favor Vegas? Check out the 5on 5 CORSI chart for the game:

And look at where the shots were coming from:

The Blackhawks were credited with 32 blocked shots in front of Crawford, led by five from Calvin de Haan. Duncan Keith and Connor Murphy were credited with four blocks each as well. Four Chicago forwards were credited with two blocked shots as well as the Blackhawks committed to the defensive end of the ice.

But the offense needed to do something – anything – to keep Chicago in the series. After scoring five total goals in three losses in the series this far, the Blackhawks were praying the hockey gods would give them a bounce or two.

Robin Lehner – and his head – obliged them with a couple gifts.

Olli Maatta continued his terrific postseason on the offensive end of the ice. He made a gorgeous pass to Drake Cagguila to get Chicago on the board first four minutes into the game.

Chicago’s second goal – which held up as the game-winner – was as ugly as it gets for Lehner. Matthew Highmore threw a puck at the net from below the goal line and Lehner tried to head it away from the net. He failed.

Vegas scored less than 20 seconds later but the rest of the night belonged to Crawford. Alex DeBrincat, who spoked after his eigh-shot performance in Game Three about just needed a bounce or two, finally scored into the empty net to put the game away in the closing moments.

DeBrincat finished tied with Brandon Saad for the team lead with four shots on net.

Jonathan Toews skated only 16:53 but was credited with two shots on net, two blocked shots and won 13 of 23 faceoffs. Kane put three shots on net in 23:19, the most ice time among Blackhawks forwards.

Cagguila led Chicago with seven hits.

59 thoughts on “Corey Crawford Wins Game 4, Blackhawks Survive

  1. Great game by Crawford. Glad there is no sweep.

    Now I like Debrincat. Glad he scored. However, can anyone explain why he was on the ice in the last minute? That was seriously crazy. Glad it worked out though.

  2. Thanks to Corey Crawford the Hawks have been granted a stay of execution.

    Pacioretty looks like a villain with that face stubble he’s always sporting, and he played the villain with that cheap shot on Cat. He also hurt Dach although I couldn’t tell what happened, only that Dach was hurting afterward.

    I’m not really interested in game analysis because my eyes told me all I need to know. What interests me is that the Hawks will play at least one more game. I have no idea how to quantify what each additional game means for our young players other than I’m pretty sure that more is better.

  3. Need to make unnecessary slashs/hit into boards even though small not big or medium one game misconducts. Instead of letting players get away with more shit including helmet/face contacts punish them with one gamers for things like that. Unnecessary, it doesnt matter if players are upset tough shit you do it it one game.

    2500 dollars doesnt do anything should be fine a one gamers for any player that does stuff in those situations. The more players get away with-suspemsion wise and only fined the more times things happen overall.

    Anyways people said if Crow played as good as he really is first 3 games were up or down 1-2/2-1. that doesnt make up for not being ‘par’ for Crow first trhee games. Not mad at Crow as others havnt played as good as they are as well. Still not deep roster so theres nothing wrong with a 4-2 in games.

    Good learning for younger players. Core players need full roster to compete and not get doubled teamed/against other teams top pair and checking line every time. When were deep again other tea,s will have to pick there poison that will make huge difference. Still have to get group of Defensemen quality deep.

    Can see another win and see if Lehner plays game 6.

  4. Bush league slash from Pacioretty – glad it was acknowledged by the league

    Also noticed DCat out there for the final minute – it was obvious JC was playing a gut instinct about a snake bitten player who was playing hard – it was a ballsy move since DCat is terrible defensively but it worked so kudos to both

    A coach needs to have a feel for his team that goes beyond the stats and JC’s move paid off

    I also liked that he didn’t sit Boq but switched up the pairings – Boquist wasn’t great but he was better

    The way Crow was playing the Hawks knew they just needed to force Vegas into situations where they only had one possible shot – if the goaltender knows where the shot’s coming from and he’s really on top of his game he’s going to make the save

    It’s when players have time and space and options that a goalie is in real trouble – A game or not

    I liked that the Hawks did that successfully in the third and protected the lead

    Obviously they need to play better as a team on Tuesday but even one win for the young guys is huge especially vs VGK who I expect to be in the Cup final

    Ollie Maatta even without his gaudy offensive numbers is playing great

  5. Good thoughts and adjustments made. Yea COL might be that good but there are inexperienced in conference finals/finals as the other teams that will be there. Wouldnt want to see COL get out experienced by other team. Be best for the league if TB beats COL in finals but a TB beating VEG would be good as well.

  6. Well done Corey! Boy most of the rest of the team looked like pylons vs Vegas!
    BLS- I have same question-Hawks have some serious defensive liabilities and DeBrincat, Kane,Nylander, Strome would be near the top of the list. In a defensive situation- JC- why not send out your best defensive players?!
    I know that we are absolutely outmatched vs Vegas but the other really obvious liability is the coach! How can he rationalize 22+ minutes for Kane, 7 or so for Highmore, when one of them has greater productivity?
    Again , Crawford stood on his head, carried the team on his back. If the stars don’t come out to play this is soon over.

  7. Unbelievable game by Crawford, did it all year but took it too another level tonight. If Bowman doesn’t resign him, just ennnsured there’ll be plenty of other teams who would.

    Pk and 4th line actually playing well, a positive going forward. Top 3 lines, some still a little green, plus 2 or 3 players away from competing with top teams. If Dehaan can stay healthy this series, no reason to think he can’t be counted on to play a big role next year on the blueline. With Keith, Murphy and likely Boqvist and Mitchell be 5/6ths of it.

    To try and create a little more possession
    against Vegas , maybe try 20, 19, 12 plus 8, 77, 88 as top 6 and put 91, 17 , Hagel and double shift Kane alot. Teams turn to win one for Crawford Tuesday.

  8. Performances like this from Crawford make one re-think whether they should move on from him next year. He obviously isn’t a long term solution, but maybe he was “mediocre” in the first 3 games because of being rusty, or a virus hangover. He can probably make more than the Hawks should be willing to pay him ($2 mil?) elsewhere. Interesting decision.

    It is good that we get to watch another game. Not having Blackhawks hockey left a void.

    This win wasn’t much fun. When you get mauled like that it takes some of the enjoyment out of the W. Even on the perimeter shots, Vegas had net front presence and tips and rebounds are always a threat from those guys.

    Agree with Morrison that Pacioretty deserves more than a pocket change fine. The league needs to put an end to this. They should set the expectation first. There is no precedent for suspensions for cheap shots like that that are not particularly violent, so the league should announce, “From this day forward,” and put a stop to this. Having DeBrincat out there at that point in the game is counter intuitive. I guess it worked but can you imagine the howling if VGK had scored? I would have been one of the people howling the loudest. Seeing him out there was a WTF moment.

    See you Tuesday.

  9. Crawford gave us the superhuman performance that we were going to need from him to beat this team.Great job Corey!I am assuming that Toews is hurt.He looks terrible and is laboring with head down on the bench.He is providing nothing offensively.We have to get something from our STARS.Tuesday night is time for the 1st line to win a game.I would put Kane out there with Toews and drop Saad down to the 3rd line.Nylander has to sit.We got dominated tonight and need fresh legs in the lineup.PLEASE COLLITON,get Hagel and Kurashev into the lineup!Lets take a run at this Vegas team,who I am really beginning to dislike.Pacioretti has always been a JAG.Not surprised by his stupid slash at the end of the game.He should be suspended for a game.

  10. Great game by Crow, I really hope the Hawks and he find an equitable way to keep him in a Hawks uniform until he retires. Maybe I am feeling a little too nostalgic, but unless he wants to win a cup with another team to cement his legacy as a big time goalie, I would love to see him retire in a Hawks sweater.

    If that slash by Pacioretty is only worth $2,500.00 what’s to prevent a Hawks player from breaking his stick on Max’s wirst? If you don’t want players policing themselves, then maybe put a little more bite in the punishment? Just sayin…

    Glad that there is bonus hockey to watch but the writing is kind of on the wall. Vegas woke up and but for an improbable performance by Crow the Hawks would be packing up for more quarantine life. Good on Crow, but I hope the rest of the Hawks can provide a little more pushback on Tuesday.

  11. Didnt mean to sound like I was under for Crow just that it would have been 1-2/2-1 if he played good three games and same for others as well.

    Not blaming refs/suspension officials for anything not getting into that stuff for this thing. Next yr maybe and the yrs after that yes. Saying that to any player who does those things should just be a simple one gamer/even though its a small type of thing and medium/large things sometimes go unpunished/one gamers but the league should do that so players wont or they ll be poled with eggs and ice cream syrup.

  12. Yep Corey Crawford gets all three stars. I think D-Cat cares and that is why he should be on this team going forward. He is on the ice the same reason Kane is near the end of a lead, both can get you that empty net goal-it’s a risk reward thing. (Plus as someone said the coach wanted to get him going goal wise)

    It was hard to watch most of the game as you knew it was the A team against the B team-but the weird thing is this series could be 2-2.

  13. Can you imagine how bad it would be if Koekkoek and Maata had not stepped up, and surprisingly, been more effective than people on this site are willing to give them credit for.
    I am one of the few who think the six defenseman have acquitted themselves well in
    this series. They have been working their butts off trying to fend off the mayhem that is occuring all around them.
    It takes all five men to defend against this Vegas onslaught. Our forwards our incapable of handling the physicality of this series. Proof is all the action is tilted to one end of the ice. If our forwards were doing their jobs we would be controlling more of the puck on the offensive end. They wouldn’t have 96 shots thrown their way.

    I am one of the few who tries to cut Colliton some slack, but, like some have already stated on this site, I almost had a conniption fit after seeing Dcat on the ice in the last seconds of the game.
    Hey Ian or Chris N., will we have the 16th, 17th or 18th pick in this draft, assuming it’s all done after Tuesday. What are the chances that Holloway, the kid from Wisconsin, will be there?

  14. That third period was very similar to the third in the COL-ARZ game where COL had 50 shots total but ARZ won the game on back of Kuemper’s play

    I watched that COL_ARZ third and even though the ice was tilted to ARZ’s end I never really had the sense that COL was going to score unless it was a lucky bounce because ARZ did what the Hawks did – force COL to take the only shot available – if the goalie knows where and when the player is going to shoot it’s a whole lot easier to make the save

    It requires the defensive team selling out their bodies with blocked shots etc. and the that’s what the Hawks did (and ARZ) so I applaud them for their effort

    That said that formula won’t work for more than a game or two so I’m hoping as others are for more contribution on Tuesday from the top 2 lines

    Maybe 88 with 19 and 8 and 20 with 77 and 12

    I don’t think you can put both Kurashev and Hagel into game 5 but one of them in place of Nylander I would be Ok with

  15. Only team that we had better record then was MTL 32-30 and 31-31 so unless MTL beat PHI we be 17th.

    So lets trade that pick and move up ro 12th area where we can get the same player we wanted at 9/10th.

  16. Playball – I agree with your assessment of the D men – there have been some hiccups for sure but mostly they’ve done their job

    A lot of the defensive breakdowns come from the FWs whether it’s 1) blown coverage in the D zone or 2) not being able to mount any real effective forecheck and perhaps most infuriating 3) their poor puck management through the neutral zone which includes poor passing, not getting the puck deep when you can, neutral zone turnovers, trying to stickhandle through everybody (a DCat favourite), not winning 50/50 board battles

    The FWs lack of puck retrieval skills is a big part of the problem – who is any good at puck retrieval other than Toews, Saad and Dach and 19 and 20 are both struggling at the moment

    64, 36 and 91 do their best and can have their moments on the forecheck but we don’t have the puck nearly enough because the FWs as a collective can’t go and get it and that along with sloppy neutral zone play results in the endless D zone pressure

  17. Playball, looks from draft rankings a very good chance he could be there, i like him too and think he’d be great choice.

    Wrap like those lines, 3rd line the one struggling most for possession with nobody among 12, 17 and 92 to get puck back for them, although not alone last night at all. So get a new body there as Kane likely double shifts alot there too.

    Agree no place for what Pacioretty did in the game, should be more. Reaves running Saad when he was bent over after getting high sticked, could be discipline too as his head looked to be point of contact. The double non call bizarre on that play also.

  18. Mo, need a team willing to swap and not cost too much to do it. Definitely something they should look at.

    Yeah think defense has been fine also, lacking enough forwards needed to help in own end seems a bigger issue right now. Let defense develop some and do any needed adds after a chance to properly assess what they have.

  19. Hurray for our side.

    That is one in a row.

    Team votes to give Crawford all their per diem money until game 5.

  20. It’s Monday August 17th and the Hawks are still alive in the playoffs – woot! woot!

    I have a bone to pick with Eddie-O. He sometimes lets his animus for a player (or the coach’s decision to play him) bleed through to his on-air analysis. It’s much more subtle than Foley’s Krivikrasov rant, but it’s there. An example happened in the 1st period last night when he called out Boqvist for a turnover when what actually happened was deHaan turned it over and in the ensuing scramble there were two more turnovers, one of them by Boqvist. As an isolated incident it’s not that noteworthy – he just called out the last of the three turnovers, but it isn’t an isolated incident. He’s done the same with Nylander multiple times with a recent example being Kane passed Nylander a hand grenade in the neutral zone resulting in a turnover and he blamed Nylander instead of Kane. To be fair, Eddie-O also gives credit to those same players when they make a good play, but, in my opinion, he is too quick to criticize certain players and too slow to criticize others.

    And, as much as I missed seeing our Hawks play, I didn’t miss the Pat and Eddie yuck yuck yuck party. If I never hear another guffaw from Pat and/or Eddie it will be too soon.

    /rant

    :=)

  21. Hey Eb,
    Keep typing man.
    Very interesting.
    To your point:
    Edzo musta known something.

    The 92 flying hair machine did not see much ice time in 2nd half of game.

    Highmore and Kane were double shifting as the 92 hair machine sat.

    I gotta hunch Mr. Olczyk will be a Hawks front office guy soon.

    The man knows the game.

    If not for him, Marc-Andre Fleury would have been ruined as a young goalie when Edzo was coach of Penguins.

  22. Imteresting comments from Rocky Wirtz, saying Danny won’t stay permanently with Blackhawks, but set up the directipn team wants to go and head up the search for his replacement. Then said it wouldn’t be just another hockey retread. Sounds like a non hockey guy again.

  23. Was it the Crow show or was it Vegas unable to finish? Maybe a little of both. Hawks struggled all night trying to gain control in the defensive zone and when they did their breakouts were awful. That’s on both the D and the O. Have to be better Tuesday or we won’t see the Hawks play again until December (if we’re lucky).

  24. PP, I’m not saying Boqvist and Nylander don’t deserve criticism when they make mistakes, and they have certainly made some, only that it’s misleading to say “that play started because of Boqvist’s turnover” when Boqvist isn’t put in that position without the deHaan turnover. It would have been more accurate to say “that play started because of deHaan’s turnover which eventually led to Boqvist’s turnover”. Or with the other example I cited “that play started because of Nylander’s turnover” would have been more accurate if he had said “that play started because of Kane’s bad pass which Nylander couldn’t get under control leading to the turnover”.

    In the grand scheme it’s not a big deal – more like a minor annoyance I have with a small part of Eddie-O’s analysis, which on the whole is very good – maybe the best in hockey.

  25. Tha Canadian announcers are so much better than Pat Foley who is actually a step above most American play by play callers

    Jim Hughson and Criag Simpson are the best duo IMO

  26. The effort is there s0 good for the boys to be rewarded. Every additional game is another chance to see Dach, so I’m happy for it to continue.

    On a side note, Canucks vs Blues is the best hockey I have seen in some time. Hughes, Pettersson, and Horvat studs (and the former two, despite being undersized, do not back down and battle for everything). Canucks are a well-coached, exciting team. Blues fortunate to win last night or they would be looking at elimination.

  27. Eddie O’s job as it was in his playing days is to give the fans what they want, and he is doing what it takes. Now his goals are ratings and knowing who is popular with the fans. You don’t piss them off by making the popular ones look bad and spend time defending the ones they want to blame, just throw in a dash of objectiveness is all that’s needed.

  28. Ian, I suppose pandering is part of the entertainment game, unfortunately, in some cases. But again, it’s a minor annoyance to me where on the whole I think Eddie’s analysis is top notch.

  29. Yea any announcers that can make it feel like it does when you listen on radio and cant see but feel that buzz and not knowing until they yell if its good or bad for that split second because you cant see. When tv announcers have that ‘feel’ to it those are good ones.

    Have to look at what teams are there. have to think with 4 or 5? playoff teams not being allowed to play in this tournament due to format that those teams are not looking for drafting and developing for 2-3 yrs and would take an established player 25-33 age kind to gather more that way.

    Salary cap prob helps in this as well. Not being normal with the 12 worst record/teams in league picking 1-12 that there are some mid tier teams top 8-20 picking in that 9/10-17 area its unusual and set up good for that. Us moving up in the draft as we got the time with our young wave not all being ready yet.

  30. You know what irks me…some so-called hockey geniuses on this site. During the EDM series, I make a comment about how Maata and Koekoek have really stepped it up and deserve credit for being 2 of our 3 best defensemen, and people on this site jumped down my throat telling me I didn’t know shit about hockey. Yet, now others are claiming the same thing. So, to all the doubters out there who question my hockey evaluating skills, and this includes those ridiculing me for being completely floored by Alexandre Fortin’s omission from this roster, I say BITE ME, to the others who have a clue and see that Maata and Koekoek and DeHaan and Muphy have earned their stripes in this playoff series – I salute you!!

  31. Its always the guys who take cheap shots that cry the most when someone hurts them. (Kaletta elbowed Keith and concussed him but he wailed bloody murder when some else got him. Willie Mitchell was a huge crybaby later in his career after someone lined him up good…and he took horrible advantage of Toews in Vancouver…I still recall him weaving all the way back to the bench almost unable to stand.)
    And Max was the unfortunate victim of a push from Chara and a badly placed glass stanchion that broke his neck…but he cried blame on Chara back then. Then last night he was showing his true colors.
    The NHL either has to suspend guys every time for this crap or let the enforcers do their job. I prefer the latter.

  32. RE: Maatta and Koekkoek. I don’t know, I look at it these two a little differently, these guys are bottom pair guys who play less than 20 minutes a game. Are they playing better? For sure, but they are still playing less minutes and in mostly O-zone situations. Not taking anything away from their production, but these guys are still playing a bottom pair role.

    When deHaan and Seabrook were hurt and Maatta was playing in the top four regularly, isn’t that the time frame when the Hawks kept losing ground in the standings? When he had a chance to show what he could do in an expanded role, he wasn’t exactly lighting it up… Despite his recent success, I don’t have a lot of faith that he can handle the expanded role.

  33. Amazing How Good Crow is with that Toad Keith in front of him doing nothing—- The Knights only goal sure looked like it went in off of toads leg (AGAIN)…
    They use the toad as a screen… puck hits him… ppl call it blocked shot… LMFAOOOOO.
    GO Hawks !
    Saad has another 7 million dollar performance skating around like Ice Capades making his figure 8 moves … HOF

  34. Aside from Crawford’s heroics, my highlight is Highmore’s crazy, wild, barrelling, ‘mad dash’ down the boards then whipping it at the net.

    It has me on edge of my easy chair when he hit the blue line.

  35. Miroslav i have liked the Maatta Koekkoek pairing but with a logjam back there not sure we see either back. Maatta with a 4.1m caphit for a 3rd pair is obviously on the bubble to create needed caproom. Koekkoek with logjam as said and teams in a cap bind, he might be one of the more sought after of the backliners by other teams, being a capable 3rd pair at least guy. If he brings a worthwhile return be a tough not to move him, especially with Mitchell and if both Dehaan and Seabrook or even one healthy again. Should be lots of callup depth slated for Rfd. as well.

  36. Tommy, I remember some saying those guys were doing good and make us look decent as a team/per say. i say Suck on thaaaat! like Bolly does when people are being/saying flatlanders things.

    Miro, good thoughts as always. I would like to see how these guys/and others D and FW do in these playoffs games when we have a full and deep roster do we see where we really need to finetune. Its tuff to see when we donot have the ttrickle down effect of having a proper quality deep roster. Which takes time to get and ‘we are’ working on it.

  37. Agree that Maatta and KK have done their job pretty well and consistently and I’ve said as much however I also agree with Ian that very good chance that one or both won’t be back next year

    The fact that they’re playing well does increase the chance that there’s a trade out there for them

  38. Espo thats exatclty what I mean and was saying. Have a F-ing standard and do it or enforcers should be clsoe lining the board of the league in suits. Then the refs can just go about there business and make calls/and not make calls but no matter what is/or not called in the game the league always has a chart for auto suspensions for what it is and its the same for everyone everytime. Simple.

  39. I just listened to the interview with Rocky and found it pretty strange. He was asked several tough, direct questions and didn’t provide much clarity regarding recent changes. My reading between the lines is that Danny is a hip 43 year old genius who will figure out how to broaden the customer base and empower his staff. Even though I was pleased with the McDonagh change, I kinda felt bad for him as Rocky barely acknowledged his contribution.

  40. I would love to see Kurashev and or Hagel for the last game. (hope not )
    To see the speed and heart of those guy’s.and I really believe they can make a small contribution right from the start.
    2020…what a strange year so far on the planet…what if the Hawks win some strange games ? And who knows when they will finish Their playoff run .
    Proud of my Hawks

  41. Maatta won 2 Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh so the pace of play, speed and intensity do not surprise him. Credit to him for raising his game. This is exactly what Stan hoped he was getting when he acquired him.
    By contrast, Adam Boqvist told the media today, that he is trying to adjust to the speed and make quicker decisions.
    The point being, there is no substitute for playoff experience. Ask the Edmonton Oilers.

    For guys who are dialed in to development: The Hawks are interested in Cam Morrison from Notre Dame. Colorado 2nd round pick in 2016. He became a free agent yesterday. Cross your fingers this would be a nice steal. The Avs wanted to sign him last year but Morrison went back to ND.

  42. I have a feeling that we will game 5! We just need to stop hitting those posts! I agree that Maata and Koekoek will not be back with cap hit and log jam. But, at least their value is gone up. In terms of pairings, they’re on the ice against Paciotetty, Stone, Karlsson, Tuch, as well as McDavid and Draisaitl. They’ve stepped up and yes, they did suck it up a bit during the regular season, but now they’re playing with confidence and have learned their roles.
    Kurashev is the one I want to see! Hagel is a faster version of Cagguila, he’s solid and works hard, but Kurashev is going to be a star.

  43. Stan Bowman, if he is still around when the new Hawks president shows up, will cement his legacy by resigning Reto Von Arx and Dennis Arkipov in a huge salary cap coup.

    He will also try to fix his egregious coaching change blunder by firing Colliton and rehiring Alpo Suhonen.

    Bob Pulford and Mike Smith will be very proud.

  44. KEITH koolaid drinkers… When Keith on Ice and other team is coming at hawks on 2-1 or 3-1 why is it Keith ALWAYS CAUGHT UP ICE. 13 years in league, 25 minutes PER GAME…, ALWAYS ON PP AND ONLY HAS 101 career goals…. wonder whats wrong with Hawks? must be 1st yea 19 year old…. or then its Murphy… or then its koekkoek…. lmfao… but opposition ALWAYS SCORES from Crows LEFT when HOF keith on ice… but then Keith is the corner to Crowfords Right ALWAYS out of position… stud.

  45. TOMMY IVAN,Sorry I did not get to comment promptly,was out on the golf course all day,on your post regarding Maata-KOEKKOEK and your hockey acumen.I for one have some of your very same thoughts on the game and players.You keep on sharing knowledge brother!Some of us are right with you.I have been pushing to get Fortin,Kurashev,Hagel,Carllson,and anyone with a little physicality and jump into the Hawks lineup.I would love to see some push back against these so called elite teams.Can someone wakeup 19 and 20.

  46. So after Hayes pansyed out and made the worst chioce in his career he ll always reget. Not staying with the Blackhawks and winning the Cup.

    We now have got two good prospects from other teams the same way.

    This guy make up for Johns?

  47. Some worrys a yr ago from COL.

    Losing Morrison wouldn’t be any more of a disaster than losing Butcher was. However, it will sting because of his draft year. In 2016, the Colorado Avalanche selected the following players:

    Tyson Jost, 10th overall
    Cam Morrison, 40th overall
    Josh Anderson, 71st overall
    Adam Werner, 131st overall
    Nathan Clurman, 161st overall
    Travis Barron, 191st overall
    Of those players, Anderson and Barron are signed and playing for the Eagles, sometimes Utah Grizzlies (ECHL). Jost is currently being abused by Jared Bednar. (It’s been a while since I poked that hornet’s nest.) Werner is rumored to be coming to Colorado (or Utah), but that’s unverified at the time of writing.

    Morrison is the shiny jewel still waiting in that draft. Losing a second-round draft pick is less than ideal.

  48. Someone said they wished 77 had some good players to play with. The young wave keeps getting deeper with quality.

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