Opinion: Would you trade Price for the 1st overall pick of 2008?
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03-17-2008, 02:47 PM
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Easy. I think Price is more likely to reach his potential because of his size. Halak is less likely to reach his potential because of his size. That's biggest difference between Halak and Price.
The pressure situation thing to me, is at least a wash. Halak led an NHL team right back into the playoff race where-as Price has done a lot involving pressure as well. I think both goalies are very calm, cool, and collected. I doubt the pressure bothers either of them much.
Technically, Price may be a little bit better. But Halak has the most amazing lateral movement I've seen in a young goalie in a long, long time. Maybe it's just because we've been stuck watching Huet so long, lol. Price is more sound, but Halak is quicker.
SJ got the 2nd best goalie in that package, IMO. Kipper is generally considered a Top-5 while Nabokov is normally considered Top-10. But really, that's the key.. the difference between a Top-10 goalie, at least to me, is so minimal.
Of course you want Brodeur over Kipper or Nabby, but 10 times out of 10 I'd take Toews and Kipper over Brodeur and Kostopolous (spare guy who'd lose his spot for an elite player).
Of course with Halak and Price so young, it'd be a huge gamble to take.. and I'm not sure I'd do it.
Goalie is the one position that can screw up what the other 18 guys on the team are doing. You don't gamble on bad goaltending and you always want depth. That's why I think the Habs will try and find a good #3 for Hamilton this summer, plus maybe sign a 20 year old Junior FA or College FA...then draft an 18 year old in the top 3-4 rounds. We are strong at the NHL level but I think we have nothing after that, Danis peaked and he is not doing very well in the AHL, Desjardins has a funky style, not sure he will ever be an NHL goalie.
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