The Chicago Blackhawks were hoping that star netminder Corey Crawford could be back in net for them relatively soon but today came news that he won’t be. After injuring his lower body earlier this month, the Hawks have sidelined Crawford for the next 2-3 weeks which means things are about to get really sketchy in goal.
Quenneville, on whether Kent Simpson is a long-term solution with Crawford out 2-3 weeks: “We’ll see. He deserves a chance.” #Blackhawks
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) December 10, 2013
This is a situation for Chicago that will either pay off big or fail miserably as the Blackhawks will be putting Antti Raanta in net as the new starter. The aforementioned Kent Simpson will be playing a backup role for the time being.
Raanta is getting a big chance to prove himself as an NHL goalie with the Blackhawks handing him the goalie stick for the next few weeks. He made a name for himself in Finland and comes to the NHL at a time when young netminders are popping up and taking over the game. Let’s not forget how Boston’s Tuukka Rask went from a no-name goalie to a Finnish sensation in the Stanley Cup playoffs where he was a brick wall in net.
That’s not to say Raanta is going to become the next Tuukka Rask, but he has a golden opportunity to prove himself with the Blackhawks in a high risk, high reward situation for Chicago.