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10 June 2007

Going Carey Crazy

Anyone else feeling the Carey Price buzz? He's only a 19-year-old, a whole two months younger than me, yet he's accomplished just about every feat he's faced this season.

He led his CHL team, the Tri-City Americans, to the playoffs after three consecutive disappointing seasons. It’s not that Price was bad early in his CHL career, he just didn't have the team in front of him.

However, his final minor-league season would see him bring home the CHL's best goalie award before packing his bag for Hamilton where he'd see two regular season starts with a solid Bulldogs' team in front of him.

To understand Price's ability to lead the 'Dogs to a Calder Cup victory, one must look back at the 2007 U-20 World Junior Championships. It was during that stint that the young goaltender learned what real pressure was, and furthermore, how to handle it. In overcoming the pressure, Price was named the Tournament MVP and top goalie.

Price had it easy in Hamilton when you think about it. Games weren't televised to a national audience observing his every move from the edge of their seats. No, instead Price would turn in home ice wins at the Copps Coliseum to a mere couple thousand fans compared to the millions upon millions who watched him capture gold at the World Juniors this past January. Once again, he earned MVP honors as the AHL playoff's best player.

While he hasn't proved anything at the NHL level just yet, it's hard not to feel confident that the Montreal Canadiens have in their system yet another one of the best goalies to play the game.

Personally, I can't help but expect Carey Price to leap-frog Jaroslav Halak or Cristobal Huet on the depth chart this upcoming fall. It's also not hard to believe that he may just grab the starting role sooner rather than later.

Maybe I'm just feeling the Carey craze right now and he's not actually that close. What do you think?

4 fanatics have replied:

Bleu, Blanc et Rouge said...

I think some people are going TOO MUCH Carey Crazy.
I mean come on, Huet's gonna be no.1 and Halak will back him up.

Price will be in Hamilton.

Bethany said...

I have to say Carey is amazing...and there's no doubt that they will bring him up to play some guys this coming season...but it is entirely possible for him to play up in the big leagues all season...I mean think about it what else does he have to do in the minors?? I am kidding by the way...I'm not an idiot.

Bleu, Blanc et Rouge said...

Yes but, Gainey said specifically that Price will not be in Montreal to ride the pine, so, unless he moves Huet (which I highly doubt) at the beginning of the season, Price will be in Hamilton, and Halak will be on the bench.

And anyway, doesn't a Price/Halak combination sound kind of risky, both are unproven but loaded with potential.

Matthew Macaskill said...

I guess we'll find out in training camp. :D

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