One thing I must say about this season, Price is really impressing me this year. Personally I know a lot of people here felt he's always been great at playing the puck but personally I've always found it to be one of his only real weaknesses. This year I think he's been solid in this area and well above average.
I knew he would be a top goalie in the NHL but I always thought maybe this weakness would stop him from breaking into the top 5. I now have no doubt if he keeps up the way he's played this and last year and keeps improving his game so drastically... he's for sure going to be a top 5 in the NHL. I know some folks even think he already is. In terms of pure talent I'd say definitely coming close.
Given the context being that he's played for Montreal and not Washington, Philly, Vancouver, etc, teams which are power houses... I think his stats severely underrate how good he actually is. Of course he's had a few bad goals here and there, don't think I know a goalie who hasn't. It's the way he bounces back from a loss, how cool and composed he is. It's his positional play, his strong play with the puck this year, like I mentioned I know people said he was good all along at this, personally I've disagreed up until now but that aside he's having his best season of his career in that area.
I actually think aside from that stint at the beginning he's actually overall looked the best I've ever seen him. With the weight of the whole world on his shoulders I have to give him credit, he's pulled off being a young star goalie in Montreal and has elevated his game to superstar levels.
Is it just me or should we lock this guy up long term?
PS: Philly wins 9-0, Price lets in 5 in the 1st period *antijinx*
Come on man, his "limited ice time" in the AHL is a definite indication that he's not close to the NHL. Yeah, maybe he'll progress and get better ice time in the AHL, where he hopefully catches up. Until then, keep his name out of the conversation for Habs call-ups.
To take that analogy a step farther - I'd rather see Henry play a game for the Habs than Stejskal, even though Stejskal is a better long term prospect. Henry is just a better player right now, just as Willsie is better than Avtsyn right now.
Again I must reiterate he played with an injury. His limited minutes in the AHL is an indication that he was playing injured and was sheltered from the big minutes for that reason and the others I've listed.
That having been said, I understand your point about Willsie and I can't say that specific point lacks any logic, however all I'm saying is I'd rather give ice time to some kid who will one day be in the NHL than some AHLer who has no hope in hell. That AHLer doesn't need time in the NHL to get a taste, to help his development, for any reason really. There's no legitimate excuse to use Henry over Emelin, Diaz or St-Denis given how they've played and that they're all at the bare minimum borderline NHL.
That having been said, Avtsin is also no Stejskal. He is a gifted individual who just needs time to develop. Not saying he'll ever pan out but Willsie guaranteed won't be an NHLer. Same with Henry. Why would we waste a call up on those guys?
Anyways you make somewhat of a point with that argument, it's a fair argument. The Avtsin stuff is hogwash. This guy isn't another Maxwell just yet. Let him play one proper AHL season with somewhat competent linemates and no underlying injury before you jump on the hate bandwagon. There's no legitimate reason when a player is injured and adjusting to north american ice to give them top line minutes over seasoned players.
JVR, Pronger and Jagr are the heart and soul of the Puffs... this is huge, since we know Price usually has some good games vs. the Cheesepuffs. Hopefully Subban will be able to shut down Giroux while boos are raining down on him, especially when he has the puck.