Carey Price, still not the best?
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11-02-2006, 08:10 AM
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Is anyone worried that Carey Price, the 5th overall pick in a great draft is still not the best or a standout goalie in junior hockey?
Leland Irving is the best goalie in junior hockey, without question. He was drafted by Calgary at #26 in 2006, his numbers are breathtaking. 1.09 GAA, .955 Save%.
Tyson Sexsmith and Dustin Slade are 1a/1b on the best team in the CHL, they're #2 and 3 in the WHL in GAA and both up there in wins.
Then you have Taylor Dakers, Dan Spence, and Matt Keetley, all up there in GAA.
Carey Price is 7th in GAA, and 6th in Save% behind James Reimer, a late pick in the 2006 draft.
Does it worry anybody that he hasn't lived up to his pre-draft and post-draft expectations? So far he has yet to distance himself from the field at any level.
Why don't we worry???? 'Cause:
1999 : Out of all the goalies in the WHL that year top 20, the only guy that made it in the NHL and having played a number of games is : Jason Labarbera 10th in Save %, and 17th in GAA, the great Bryce Wandler being the best in both stats...
2001 WHL Season: Best Save % = 1-Davis Parley 2-Billy Thompson 3-Barry Brust
Cam Ward was 5th.....though he was 1st in G.A.A. with the "greats" Harding, Bendera and Brust following him...
2002 : Best G.A.A. = Beauchemin, Guard, MacIntosh, Ward, Glass
Best Save% = Ward was 1st but followed by the great Harding, McIntosh, Guard, Grenier
2003: While Ward is up there, the great Mike Brodeur had the best save %, Jeff Harvey was #4 (who?) and Guard and Harvey had better GAA than Ward
2004: Price had better Save % and GAA than the saviour Pogge.....Does that make Pogge a bad goalie? By the way how was Pogge's stats when he was playing for a mediocre team compared to a great one????
And I could've talk about the great Kenric Exner of 1998, the great Brent Belecki of 1997 or the great Chris Wickenheiser or Donovan Nunweiler of 1997.....
Yeah! Numbers tells the whole story, but strange thing that happened is that if the Leafs thought that numbers meant a lot they would've never traded one of last year's worst goalie (based on numbers) for one of Juniors top goalie in the world (based on numbers)..............Hope for you that Reimer makes up for one of the worst trades in history.......based on numbers......
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