Season preview: Carey Price
Having landed in Montreal a few years back with a stacked resume for any goalie let alone a 20-year-old, Price knew better than anyone that expectations were high for him from the get-go. He hasn’t let that stop him from making his mark at the NHL level.
Four. That’s how many goalies prior to Price managed to rack up a pair of 20-plus win seasons before turning 21. Thanks to following up his 24-win rookie year with 23 more victories last season, the young netminder now shares that honor with Patrick Roy, Tom Barrasso, Harry Lumley and Grant Fuhr.
In addition to earning a starting spot in the NHL All-Star Game to make his midseason classic debut last year, Price also enjoyed the most torrid stretch of his young career. The Anahim Lake, BC native went no less than 12 games without suffering a loss in regulation, going 8-0-4 from November 20 to January 20.
By season’s end, Price also became the youngest player to ever win the Molson Cup as the Habs’ player of the year. Price took over the top spot on that list by slipping past Stephane Richer who turned the trick in 1987-88 at the age of 21 and nine months.
Armed with a revamped blue line in front of him in 2009-10, Price will have every opportunity to shine this year. Having only just recently celebrated his 22nd birthday, Price is likely far from done adding impressive bullet points to his C.V.
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com
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