Corey Crawford was drafted in the second round, 52nd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2003. His first full season in which he played in 57 games was the 2010-11 season. Corey has won two Stanley Cup Championships, in 2013 and 2015. He has posted a career .919 save percentage. The Montreal native has 230 career wins under his belt in 409 games played.
Last season was not very friendly to Corey Crawford. Corey played in just 28 games last season as he was injured in early December. At the time of his injury the Blackhawks were in playoff contention mainly because Corey had 16 wins and a .929 save percentage. After Crawford went down the Hawks had to play 3 backups. Anton Forsberg appeared in 35 games and finished with a .908 save percentage. Jeff Glass played 15 games and finished the season with an .898 save percentage. JF Berube played 13 games and finished with an .894 save percentage. As a result of the poor goaltending the Hawks received, they didn’t make the playoffs.
Corey Crawford hasn’t been the most durable goalie in the league since taking the starters job in 2010-11. Corey has averaged 57 games played per season. The injury he suffered last season was a mystery for a couple months. Stan Bowman, the Chicago GM, finally told the media that Corey is suffering from concussion like symptoms. A timetable for a return is unknown, although the Hawks seem to think he will be ready to play by the time training camp opens in mid September. Corey himself wasn’t as sure as Hawks management.
“I’m not going to get into what I’m doing now,” he said. “Treatments are going well and we’re making small steps and I’m getting a little better so it’s a process. It’s been a process since I left in December. It hasn’t been easy but I’ll be back.”
How many games Corey will play in the 2018-19 season is another question. Goaltending coach Jimmy Waite had this to say on the matter of his return.
“Crow’s always played around 55 games anyways if you look back at all his stats. It’s not the amount of games, just something that happened that doesn’t have anything to do with the amount of games that he’s played in the past,” Chicago goalie coach Jimmy Waite said. “If he comes back, I think 55 games is a good number for sure.”
As a safety precaution the Blackhawks have signed free agent goaltender Cam Ward. Cam will backup Corey and or be the starter if Corey can’t play. Sidney Crosby missed around 100 games with concussion symptoms, and this injury to Crawford looks and feels very similar. At any rate, the Hawks need Corey to be playoff contenders again this season.
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