Blackhawks rookie goalie Corey Crawford came into this season as Marty Turco's backup but eventually won the starting job and wound up being one of the main reasons Chicago qualified for the Western Conference playoffs.
It just wasn't enough to be included as a top-three finalist for the League's Calder Trophy that goes to the top rookie. Instead, Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture and New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner were named as finalists on Tuesday morning.
Crawford, who will start for the Hawks in Game 4 of their quarterfinal series against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night, said he doesn’t have time to have much a reaction to the news.
"That's the least of my worries right now," said Crawford, who went 33-18-6 with a 2.30 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. "We've got bigger and more important things to think about and focus on."
His teammates, however, did express regret that Crawford wasn't included as a finalist and took up his care for him.
"He's been unbelievable for us this season and he's a big reason we were able to make the playoffs," Chicago forward Troy Brouwer said. "There's a pretty good crop of rookies out there this year … but (Crawford), I'm sure they had a pretty good discussion about him because of what he's been able to do with this team."
Marian Hossa was informed about Crawford not being named a Calder finalist by reporters after Chicago's morning skate and seemed stunned by the news.
"He wasn't," Hossa said. "Wow. That's a big surprise to me. He played so many games. He won so many games. That's a big surprise."