Crawford signed a two-year contract with New Jersey as a free agent after helping the Chicago Blackhawks win two Stanley Cups.
MacKenzie Blackwood is the Devils’ No. 1 goaltender. Crawford was seen as a veteran backup in this compressed 2021 season.
Ruff said Scott Wedgewood has played the best among the other goaltenders in camp.
The Devils open the season Thursday at home against Boston.
Crawford went 16-20 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.77 goals-against average during the pandemic-shortened season. He started every game as Chicago eliminated Edmonton in the qualifying round before losing to the Golden Knights in the playoffs.
Crawford was selected by Chicago in the second round of the 2003 draft and made his debut with the Blackhawks in 2010. He helped the franchise to Stanley Cup titles in 2013 and 2015.
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