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Pros: Stanley Cup success, Calm Demeanor, Experience with Team Canada Defensemen
Corey Crawford played himself onto the Olympic camp roster with a brilliant performance in the 2013 NHL playoffs where he led the Chicago Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup title. He finished the postseason with a 16-7 record, a 1.84 GAA and a .932 save percentage.
As a goalie with a calm demeanor and fantastic poise in net, Crawford should be able to handle the pressure that comes with being the Olympic starter for Canada if given the opportunity.
It should also be noted that Crawford plays on a Blackhawks team that could send five players to the Olympics, including his top defense pairing of Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. Being surrounded by teammates who you trust and can rely on makes a goalie feel more comfortable on the ice.
Con: No International Experience
Crawford has never played in a game at the Winter Olympics, World Championships or World Junior Championships.
Entering a game in Sochi, especially one where Canada is facing elimination, would be a challenge he's never faced before, and it's difficult to predict how he would respond despite his impressive success with the Blackhawks.
Crawford's Stanley Cup success should calm concerns about his ability to play well on the Olympic stage, but a lack of games played for Team Canada will not help his case when the final Sochi roster is made.