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Ottawa, ON • Canada • 21 Years Old • Male
I really don't understand where all the hate for Price comes from. It's always the same story in Montreal, a youngster comes up, he's the savior (i.e. Jesus Price) and after 2 years he's nothing, a piece of garbage, a bust (Latendresse, Pacioretty, D'agostini, Price, McDonagh). What's going to happen if ever Subban has a bad season?!

Young players (especially goalies and defensemen) take a long time to develop, more than 3-4 years in most cases, unfortunately for Habs fans the shelf life of a prospect rarely surpasses 2 years.

Can someone explain to me how Price is so bad?? (Based on first 3 NHL seasons)

Price: 134 GP 60W 48L 18 OTL 2.65 GAA SV% (high-low) 0.920 - 0.905
(Price played 10 regular season games in the AHL in his first 3 years.)
*Price has 3 seasons with more than 25 games and was (is) 23 years old at the end of the period used for comparison*

Brodeur: 164 GP 80W 52L 26 T 2.24 GAA SV% (high-low) 0.915 - 0.902
(Not included in calculation Brodeur's rookie season in which he only played 4 games 2-1-0; 3.35 GAA; 0.884 SV%) (Brodeur played 32 regular season games in the AHL prior to the 3 seasons used for comparison)
*Brodeur has 3 seasons with more than 25 games and was 24 years old at the end of the period used for comparison*

Roy: 138 GP 68W 46L 18T 2.92 GAA SV% (high-low) 0.900 - 0.875
(Roy played only 1 NHL game and 1 AHL game prior to the 3 seasons used for comparison)
*Roy has 3 seasons with more than 25 games and was 23 years old at the end of the period used for comparison*

Fleury: 152 GP 72W 53L 17 OTL 2.68 GAA SV% (high-low) 0.921 - 0.898
(Fleury played a total of 66 regular season games in the AHL before stepping foot on an NHL rink)
*Fleury has 3 seasons with more than 25 games and was 24 years old at the end of the period used for comparison*

Halak: 101 GP 56W 34L 7 OTL 2.49 GAA SV% (high-low) 0.924 - 0.915
(Halak stats are based on 4 years instead of 3 because he only played 6 NHL games in the 2nd season used and I didn't want to skip one year in the calculations. Halak played 20 ECHL games and 41 AHL games before playing in the NHL. He played 16 NHL games and then went back for 28 AHL games before coming back in the NHL permanently)
*Halak has 2 seasons with more than 25 games and was (is) 25 years old at the end of the period used for comparison*


So when you compare Price with some of the best (Brodeur, Roy) and some of the up and coming (Fleury, Halak) goalies, I can't conceive how anyone wouldn't want him goaling for his team.

Something else to think about, 27 of Price's 41 starts last season came before January 1st. That means almost 75% of his starts were with an almost entirely new team in front of him that hadn't yet created the chemistry they had during their magical playoffs run.
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