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11-19-2008, 04:11 PM
Genghis Keon
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Originally Posted by CanadienErrant View Post
Right now, he is no better than DiPietro or Fleury during their first steps in the NHL. He looks brilliant or totally garbage depending of the games. Consistency is the word. A season in the AHL last year would had been good for him. So, let's live with his ups and downs for the time being.
Cumulative NHL career stats up to and including their 21 year old year:

DiPietro GP-30 W-5 L-20 T-3 0.885sv% Min-1668 shots per game-28.3

Fleury GP-72 W-17 L-41 T/OTL/SOL-8 0.897sv% Min-3963 shots per game-32.7

Price GP-54 W-32 L-16 OTL/SOL-4 0.920sv% Min-3186 shots per game-31.9

Obviously statistics don't tell the whole story, but they do tell something.

Stats aside, despite his inconsistencies, I think most people would agree that Price is a good NHL goalie right now. When they were 21, I think most people would have agreed that DiPietro and Fleury held a lot of potential, but weren't necessarily good NHL goalies yet (though were obviously very good for their ages). Price still has to grow into his potential as DiPietro and Fleury did and still do (assuming Price does continue to realize his potential), but he's already paying dividends right now--I don't think you could say the same for DiPietro and Fleury at 21, despite flashes of brilliance (though I don't really remember many flashes from DiPietro, but I'm not an Islanders fan).

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