Carey Price was drafted in the first round (5th overall) at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. Price would start his career two seasons later with the Canadiens winning 24 games in just 41 appearances and posting a .920 save percentage and 2.56 goals against average. He was seen as the next great goaltender for the Canadiens and was proving early that he was up to the task to step in and fill that role. Jump ahead to the 2010-2011 season and Price would finish the season starting 72 of his teams 82 games, winning 38 of them. Price also finished with a career best .925 s% and 2.35GAA, he was a Vezina trophy finalist (top goaltender) that same season.
In 2011-2012 Price and the Canadiens were looking to build off of the previous seasons success, however the team started out with a 1-5-2 record in it’s first 8 games. Price and the Canadiens began to turn their luck around winning the next four in a row, but remained sub .500 until the firing of head coach Jacques Martin. Despite the losing ways of the team Price was selected to attend the 2012 NHL All-Star game and was a part of Team Chara, it was his third appearance at an All-Star game. Towards the end of a season in which the Canadiens would like to write off based off of their previous success, Price would sit out with a mild concussion. Despite already being eliminated from the playoffs, concussion awareness is increasing around the league and many fans were left scared of the long term affects.
Price is one of the premiere goaltenders in today’s NHL and would flourish as talent is built up around him for the team to become a real contender. Had the team fared better this past season and the albeit mild concussion had not happened Price could easily have found himself higher on our list. In the coming seasons look for him to break out and potentially take home a Vezina trophy of his own.
A few highlights from Carey Price’s career.