You can certainly crate train a dog at this age, and as puppies will be puppies, and will chew on things as a need not as a `naughty' behaviour, crating sounds like a good idea.
I have to reiterate and emphasise what was said above. A crate is NOT a punishment and never, ever, ever should be used as one - ever. Under any circunstances. I cannot stress that enough. You will have a disaster on your hands if you do this.
I suggest you go to www.chazhound.com
and go to their training and/or puppy section and do a search on crate training. There is a wealth
of information there.