Corey Crawford

Posted: January 12, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Chicago Blackhawks
 

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The Good:  At 6-foot-2 and close to 200 pounds, he’s light on his skates (skinny guy) and can snap back onto his skates when he’s down in the butterfly, allowing him to have great recovery. Another one of Crawford’s strengths is his active hands (ladies be careful if you dance with him at The Roxy). His glove is held slightly in front of his hip, but doesn’t get caught floating too far out. He’s able to eliminate time, space and the aerial angle despite heavy traffic. His active glove hand also gives him a chance to react to deflected or tipped shots while shorthanded or screened. Crawford also does a terrific job of keeping his back straight and staying upright when in the butterfly. He has a fairly narrowed stance and appears lanky in the net, which helps his shoulders reach close to the crossbar when down on his knees. This allows him to be prepared to make rebound stops on second and third chances in a balanced and square manner.

The Bad: One aspect of Crawford’s game that needs work is his post attachment. When the puck is directly to his right (blocker side) he does not fully seal the post with his hips. His right leg leans into the center of his body and there is visible space on the short side. Another weakness of Crawford’s game is that he appears very stiff in the shoulder and upper arm area. This is probably the most unrefined aspect of his game, as it influences his overall stance and appearance. He looks a little unbalanced and awkward in the net because his Revoke pads are very stiff at the thigh rise and they seem an inch too tall for his size. His upper body looks very stiff, as his shoulders do not appear relaxed or mobile when shrugging off shots or having to move his gloves up or down quickly to react to shots.
He is not a goalie who comes out of his crease often to play the puck. While he will stop a puck when sent around the boards, he relies on his defensmen to move it from behind the net. He sometimes struggles with his rebound control and must work on his consistency in this area. Crawford has also had difficulties in breakaway situations. He admits he gets nervous before big games.

Awards

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT Min GA SO GAA SV% GP W L Min GA SO GAA SV%
2000–01 Gatineau Intrepides QAAA 21 17 3 1 1,260 40 2 1.92
2001–02 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 38 9 20 3 1,863 116 1 3.74 .889
2002–03 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 50 24 17 6 2,855 130 2 2.73 .915 6 2 3 303 20 0 3.97 .890
2003–04 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 54 35 15 3 3,019 132 2 2.62 .919 20 13 6 1,170 42 0 2.15 .940
2004–05 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 51 28 16 6 2,942 121 6 2.47 .920 12 6 6 725 33 1 2.73 .918
2005–06 Norfolk Admirals AHL 48 22 23 0 2,734 134 1 2.94 .898 1 0 1 17 1 0 3.49 .750
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 2 0 0 1 86 5 0 3.48 .878
2006–07 Norfolk Admirals AHL 60 38 20 2 3,467 164 1 2.84 .909 6 2 4 363 20 0 3.31 .884
2007–08 Rockford IceHogs AHL 55 29 17 7 3,028 143 3 2.83 .907 12 7 5 741 27 0 2.19 .924
2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 5 1 2 0 224 8 1 2.14 .929
2008–09 Rockford IceHogs AHL 47 22 20 3 2,686 116 2 2.59 .917 2 0 2 117 5 0 2.57 .909
2008–09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 0 0 16 1 0 3.75 .857
2009–10 Rockford IceHogs AHL 43 24 16 2 2,521 112 1 2.67 .909 4 0 4 216 13 0 3.61 .871
2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 0 1 0 59 3 0 3.04 .914
2010–11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 57 33 18 6 3,337 128 4 2.30 .917 7 3 4 435 16 1 2.21 .927
NHL totals 65 34 21 7 3706 144 5 2.33 .917 8 3 4 451 17 1 2.26 .924
GPI W L OTL Min SO GA SHA GAA SV%
2011-12 CHICAGO
ON PACE 58 30 19 5 3380 0 159 1645 2.83 .903

Drafted: 52nd overall, 2003
Chicago Blackhawks


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