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Crawford lost his starting job to Niemi last pre-season, but now with Niemi on the San Jose Sharks, Crawford is finally getting his shot in the NHL.
Marty Turco is the new number one goalie for the reigning champions, but Crawford has shown he can eventually move his way up to the main go to goalie after two games.
His performance was a little shaky, but he is now 1-0-1 for the season.
Niemi also started off last season as the back-up goalie to eventually move on to be the Stanley cup Champion goalie as a rookie.
Niemi’s numbers were not the greatest, but he had a very strong defense in front of him.
So far this season the defense has allowed more shots than was imaginable, but Crawford has been able to keep the Hawks in the game regardless.
With the outstanding performances of Turco, I am not sure if Crawford will be the main goaltender this season, but there is no reason he should not be within the next few seasons.
Crawford has given up fewer rebounds than Niemi it seems in his first two games, but there is not much to compare from.
Niemi’s first game consisted of a shutout though and he finished his season kissing the Cup. At this moment, Niemi has the edge, but I like Crawford as his replacement.