I remember this draft, I was driving to Toronto and back them with no smart phone I had my friend sending me text messages on updates about the lottery etc.
I was positive and self assured that we were going to land a top 3 to top 5 pick (for some reason) and when it got to that point I was even hoping for 1st overall and the chance to land the best player in the world, SIDNEY CROSBY!!!
When Gainey took Price, I thought Montreal dropped the ball and this would be another failed 1st round draft pick, then when I started reading about him and the articles on the internet and in Toronto news papers, they made him out to be the next Patrick Roy or Ken Dryden, maybe even Ward, Luongo and Brodeur.
I think that we got lucky with that pick and Carey is going to be a solid goalie in this league for the next decade and them some.
If not Price I think Gainey would of picked either Bourdon or Staal (depending on the position of our pick).
And I'm sure if we had drafted a defenseman in 2005 (looking at Marc Staal or Bourdon; RIP) it would have meant no David Fischer in 2006!
And a possible chance at drafting Claude Giroux who was selected 2 spots after Fisher by the Flyers. Ah well you win some you lose some. I'm just happy we took Price, could have been much worse like Pouliot, Brule