Carey Price: the time gave reason to the Canadian

Carey Price: le temps a donné raison au Canadien

Photo: Jeff McIntosh, The canadian Press
Even if he still hasn’t won the Stanley Cup, Price has, however, led to the stability in front of the net on the Canadian and it remains one of the best players to have been selected during the draft of 2005.

The decision of the Canadian select Carey Price, the fifth overall pick of the 2005 had surprised more than one, even if several observers agree today to say that she proved to be right.

Price, who is nothing more than a victory of joining Jacques Plante in the first rank of the history of the Canadian chapter, was very highly rated by the recruiters lovers. However, the decision of the club to throw his heart on a great goalkeeper, a little skinny guy in British Columbia had caused a wave of shock at the Westin hotel in Ottawa, where took place the session of the consolation bracket.

The analyst Pierre McGuire had severely criticized the decision on the airwaves of TSN, recalling that the Canadian already had on Jose Theodore, Cristobal Huet and Yan Danis in his organization.

“The needs of the team at the time were for a center or a defender with a good fixture, has recently recalled McGuire during an interview with The canadian Press. The Canadian would have been able to opt for Anze Kopitar, who has won two Stanley Cups with the Los Angeles Kings, and Marc Staal, who has reached the final with the New York Rangers. They were the two players that I thought that the Canadian had to target because of the depth within the organization.

“I give credit to the Canadian, who has been able to trade Jose Theodore. I thought it would be difficult at that time because of the salary cap. “

The Blue Jackets of Columbus held the sixth selection of the draft of 2005, and they have breathed a sigh of relief when they learned that the Canadian had opted for Price. The team vacillated between the centres Gilbert Brule or Kopitar.

“Everyone was Burnt to fifth or sixth on his list, noted the analyst to the network, Sportsnet Doug MacLean, who was then general manager of the Blue Jackets. It was Sidney Crosby, and Bobby Ryan and Jack Johnson. The Wild of Minnesota has taken Benoit Pouliot, everyone loved it.

“We were certain that the Canadian was going to take Gilbert Brule. […] It’s funny because I remember that Pierre Dorion [then recruiter for the Canadian] was presented to our table to say our recruiter-in-chief Don Boyd that the Canadian was going to take a guard. It was a relief to us. “

MacLean explained that Price was not on the radar of the Blue Jackets, in spite of the good words of the recruiters, since the team already had in its ranks, Marc Denis and Pascal Leclaire.

As McGuire that MacLean insist today, that Price has become one of the best goalkeepers of his time, as he already occupies the 29th rank in the history of the circuit in victories with 313. The Canadian leader, Tuesday, for a stay of three consecutive games on the west coast of the us in facing the Kings in Los Angeles.

Despite his tirade against the decision of the Canadian, McGuire expected, however, large things of Price.

“The moment that comes to mind occurred in the world Championship of under 18 years of age, told McGuire. It was a difficult match ; he sent a puck over the glass, which had provoked a punishment for having delayed the game. However, it did not seem shaken, even though it was a difficult situation to handle for a young player. You could already see how much he was always calm and focused. “

Price played his junior hockey with the Americans in Tri-City in the Western League (WHL). Goalkeeper Olaf Kolzig was already part of the group of owners of the team at the time, who had also worn the colours of the Americans at the junior level. During the lockout, which led to the cancellation of the 2004-2005 season, Kolzig, who was still playing for the Washington Capitals, trained with the Americans and learned to know Price.

The two have developed a brotherly relationship and are always in the off-season. According to Kolzig, Price already had the perfect attitude to play with the Canadian.

“By learning to know him, his behavior and his attitude struck me,” said Kolzig. It was the perfect behaviour for a goalkeeper. And when I learned he had been drafted by the canadiens, I thought it was a perfect marriage.

“I don’t think that someone can feed to the pressure, but Carey doesn’t succumb to it. […] It is not affected by the pressure of fans, media and expectations. He is very down-to-earth. “

It is probably this which explains why Price is in his 12th season with the Canadian. Before he was drafted in 2005, the Habs had employed 11 guards different in the nine years since the trade that sent Patrick Roy to the Colorado Avalanche. Theodore, Jocelyn Thibault, and Jeff Hackett had been the custodians of the most used.

Even if he still hasn’t won the Stanley Cup, Price has, however, led to the stability in front of the net on the Canadian and it remains one of the best players to have been selected during the draft of 2005.