In fantasy hockey this season, there are not enough quality goaltenders that owners can rely on night after night. Most netminders nowadays have solid backups behind them and it has really caused the value of most starting goaltenders to slip a bit.
One of the goalies that can be an everyday option between the pipes, though, is Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens.
Price was 21-13-4 last season, with a sensational 2.59 Goals Against Average (G.A.A.), and a 90.5% Save Percentage. He may not have led the league in wins, but his 39 appearances were among the tops in the NHL. He showed that he could be counted on as a number one fantasy goalie and is a worthy starter in weekly formats.
Price missed some time in the spring with a sprained MCL in his knee and it caused his value to drop a bit this fall. He was sidelined for critical weeks in the off-season and many thought his conditioning would be a factor, but Price quickly returned to his regular duties in the preseason.
This preseason, Price has a mediocre 1-2 record. His GAA is sitting at 3.26 and he had an 89.4 Save Percentage. He hasn’t logged a single shutout either in his four appearances. However, the fact that he has logged 239 minutes between the pipes following his injury is very promising. He is just a little rusty at the moment and will come around before the season officially kicks off.
Price is without a doubt a number one goalie, but he fell in some leagues to around 8-10 overall among netminders. If you have him in the crease of your fantasy squad, get ready for a 30 win-2.50 GAA-90% SP season.