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.
- 2003-04 QMJHL Second All-Star Team
- 2003-04 QMJHLTelus Defensive Player of the Year
- 2004-05 QMJHL Second All-Star Team
- 2011 NHL Star of the Week of Feb. 20-27
- 2011 NHL All-Rookie Team