Corey Crawford Deserving of Calder Trophy Consideration

At some point, Corey Crawford is going to sneak into the discussion for the top rookie honor in the NHL.

After consecutive shutouts, Crawford is clearly establishing himself as the top rookie netminder in the league. He is now tied with Nashville’s Anders Lindback for the rookie lead with two shutouts, he boasts the best goals against average of any rookie goalie with 10 games played (2.14), and his 15 wins are now only one behind Philadelphia’s Sergei Bobrovsky’s rookie lead.

In fact, Crawford’s goals against is now tied for third in the entire NHL, and his .920 save percentage is in the league’s top 15 as well.

Certainly San Jose’s Logan Couture, Colorado’s Kevin Shattenkirk and Carolina’s Jeff Skinner are on the short list for the award. But Crawford is quietly establishing himself as a top goalie in the Western Conference, and the Blackhawks find themselves in the playoff picture largely because of his play.

One thought on “Corey Crawford Deserving of Calder Trophy Consideration

  • January 13, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I agree Crawford’s name should be added as long as he holds up throughout the rest of the season, but will be a real shame if Cam Fowler’s name doesn’t get added to the short list of those in contention. He is the best composed teenager, let alone teenage defenseman I’ve seen in the league in years. Hes extremely solid defensively and mans the point in their #1 PP unit. Putting up over 20 min TOI and over a half a point per game should get him recognized. You just don’t see that from a d-man who just turned 19. Comparing him to Leddy right now is no comparison. Heck, he’s even wiping the floor with Drew Doughty’s rookie year.

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