Monday, July 18, 2011

Can Kevin Croswell Be A #1 Goalie In The NLL?

After the Edmonton Rush acquired Kevin Croswell in a trade last week,  one question was raised, at least for me: Can Kevin Croswell be a number one goaltender in the NLL?


Bryan Reynolds who covers the Swarm for Inlaxwetrust.com thinks so. 


"His technique is clean, he doesn't give up a ton of rebounds, and he is active in the crease. He has the makings of a very good goalie.  In the two appearances I saw, he did well, and looked like he could certainly be a number one." 


Croswell appeared in 4 games with the swarm last year, leaving the season with his best save percentage and his worst goals against average. 


The hilight of his season was a 47 save win over the Calgary Roughnecks. Oddly enough, he didn't see the floor for the rest of the season. 


Now if he can play full time like he did in that game, I agree with Bryan that he can start, at least on the Rush. 


He had similar stats to Matt Disher last season, but under the circumstances, Croswell wasn't often put into a position to excel. When your starter is pulled, more often than not, more than just the goalie is struggling. When the team in front of you isn't playing well, it's hard for a goalie. 


Another thing that could contribute to Croswell's less than fantastic stats is that he came into the game cold. In the game against Calgary that is mentioned above, he only allowed 8 goals and had a .854 goals against average. The start makes a difference.  


We all know the Rush needed a goalie. Disher just didn't get the job done and didn't help the Rush's playoff push. Kevin Croswell is a guy that can take the Rush to the playoffs. 


He was put into an unfortunate position behind Nick Patterson, but I think he has a chance to shine.


Reynolds also told me of Croswell's excitement to be apart of the Rush. 


"I talked to him after the trade, and no matter the question, he always brought it back to coming to Edmonton and being excited for the chance to earn a starting role."


I think I'm just as exited to see him in the black and grey, as he is to wear it. 

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