Chicago Blackhawks: Corey Crawford Earning Calder Trophy Consideration

Tab BamfordSenior Writer IJanuary 13, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 12: Duncan Keith #2, Brent Seabrook #7 and Brian Campbell #51 of the Chicago Blackhawks congratulate teammate Corey Crawford #50 who recorded his second straight shut-out in a win over the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center on January 12, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Avalanche 4-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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At some point, Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford is going to sneak into the discussion for the top rookie honor in the NHL.

After consecutive shutouts, Crawford is clearly establishing himself as the top rookie netminder in the league. He is now tied with Nashville’s Anders Lindback for the rookie lead with two shutouts, he boasts the best goals against average of any rookie goalie with 10 games played (2.14) and his 15 wins are now only one behind Philadelphia’s Sergei Bobrovsky for the rookie lead.

In fact, Crawford’s goals against is now tied for third in the entire NHL, and his .920 save percentage is in the league’s top 15 as well.

Certainly San Jose’s Logan Couture, Colorado’s Kevin Shattenkirk and Carolina’s Jeff Skinner are on the short list for the award. But Crawford is quietly establishing himself as a top goalie in the Western Conference, and the Blackhawks find themselves in the playoff picture largely because of his play.

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