It’s possible the Blackhawks’ second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, goalie Drew Commesso, will always share a connection with Corey Crawford.
The Hawks’ need to select a goalie, which is likely the reason they attempted to trade up in the first round this year, is due to Crawford’s short-term future with the team. The two-time Stanley Cup champ, currently an unrestricted free agent, said if he stays in Chicago a one or two-year deal would best suit him.
It was previously reported the Hawks offered the 35-year-old netminder a one-year deal, but an agreement has yet to be reached with free agency opening up on Friday at 11 a.m. CT. The Blackhawks recently came into a surplus of cap space that should allow them to extend Crawford, but another starter would still be needed after he shortly departs.
Beyond Crawford opening up a need for a goalie of the future for the Hawks, the two seem to play a similar style.
Corey’s ability to stay calm, cool and collected in net helped him backstop the Blackhawks to two Stanley Cups and himself to one already impressive NHL career. He wasn’t one to jump all over the ice, but rather stay sharp and focused mentally and get in the proper position required to make the save.
From what Commesso, 18, said of his own game after he was picked by Chicago, he tries to incorporate the same game in net.
“My strengths right now are I’m a very calm and efficient goalie,” Commesso said after being selected at No. 46 overall by the Blackhawks. “You won’t really find me scrambling or really making those crazy highlight-reel saves much. I’d rather just make the simple save in my chest.
“I try to simplify the game as much as possible and be very efficient, and I think that helps my team a lot too, just in the hectic moments of the game knowing that I have everything under control. There’s a lot of things I want to work on as well. As I go into college, the game’s going to get faster and I want to work on my rebound control and skating. Those are two big areas… Work on my skating and holding those rebounds to get more whistles for my team.”
“He had the second-lowest GAA (2.05) and sixth-highest save percentage (.920) in one season with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team,” NHL.com’s Mike Morreale wrote. “Commesso (6-2, 180), who will attend Boston University in 2020-21, finished 18-7-1 and had three shutouts in 30 games. He presents excellent instincts, quickness and a calming presence in tense situations. Commesso could be one of the steals of the 2020 draft class if developed properly.”