Carey Price
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Carey Price

Hometown:

Williams Lake British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1987-08-16

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2005

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2005

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

1st round (#5 overall), 2005

Weight:

226 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

 

2004-05:  Second only to Devan Dubnyk (EDM) and Aaron Sorochan’s 65 appearances, Price also ranked second in the WHL in minutes played (3712). Statistically he was within the top 10 of all goalie categories for the 2004-05 season. Price earned CHL Player of the Week and CHL Goalie of the Week honors for the week ending December 19, 2004. He also participated in the 2005 CHL Top Prospects game and led Canada to a silver medal at the U-18 World Championships.

2005-06: His numbers dropped statistically, however he was able to get his first taste of playoff action.

 

2006-07: Price finally had the big breakout year that Montreal was looking for. He was named the CHL’s Goaltender of the Year and his play the first half of the season earned him the starting goaltender spot for Team Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championships. He played all 6 games for Canada on their way to a gold medal. Price earned the tournament MVP award behind a 1.14 GAA and an astonishing .961 save percentage. After his playoff exit with Tri-City, Price signed with Montreal and joined the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) for their playoff run.  He played in two regular season games before taking over the helm for the playoffs. Price led the Bulldogs all the way to the Calder Cup Championship behind a record of 15-6 with a 2.06 GAA and a .936 save percentage. 

2007-08: To the surprise of some, Price actually broke camp with the Canadiens during this season. He very quickly turned those doubters into believers, and finished the season as the club's unquestioned number-one goalie. He played in 41 games, posting a 21-12-3 record behind a .920 save percentage and 2.56 GAA, and was named to the NHL's all-rookie team. His first playoff appearance in the NHL was a study in contrasts — at times he showed the elite talent and composure he has; at others, he started to show the impact playing so many games over the past two years has had on his fatigue level.

Talent Analysis

Price has tremendous agility and reflexes and those attributes serve as the foundation for his game. Not only is he able to read and react quickly, but he is also able to steer rebounds into the corners with relative ease. Playing a butterfly style, Price is excellent at taking away the lower portion of the net, and relies on his quick hands to cover the upper portion.  Beyond his prodigious physical skills, Price's strongest asset may be his mental make-up. The young goaltender is calm to the point of appearing aloof or dispassionate. But it is that ability to avoid the highs and lows of the position that allow him to remain focused on the game itself.

 

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