Carey Price Apr 08, 2015

 Since the NHL first started in 1917, the position that has been debated to be the most important to any team looking to win a championship is the goaltender. Goalies have come in all shapes and sizes, and all play different styles. Ben Bishop who plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning is a 6'7” monster who covers the net by just standing in front, and then there is Jhonas Enroth who finds himself with the Dallas Stars stands a mediocre 5'10” who has to put in a little more effort than the rest of leagues finest to stop the puck. During this year's 2014-15' NHL season, one goalie has stood out from the rest, and that is Carey Price. Carey Price is currently starting for the Montreal Canadiens who sit at the top of the standings with 99 points. Carey was originally drafted 5th overall in the 2005 NHL entry draft and he has lived up to the expectations ever since. Being up and down with the club for the first two seasons of his career, he made his first career NHL start during the 2007-08' season recording 26 saves in a 3-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Price has since then become a household name around the league being known as one of the best in the game. During the current 14-15' season, he is chasing Canadien history. Carey has had some unbelievable numbers over the past couple of seasons but this one tops them all. He is currently leading the league in all four of the major goalie statistics which include wins (40), save percentage (.938), goals against average (1.86) and shutouts (9). Starting 59 games this season, Carey has a posted a record of 40-15-3, winning 68% of his contests.

The NHL is is close 7/8ths complete and the talk of who should win the Vezina Trophy (Award for best goaltender) is on top of everyone's mind. Carey Price has never won this award and I believe this year, the trophy is his to lose. Since the Sochi olympics in 2014, he has lead the league in save percentage jumping ahead of the next closest goaltender by 0.010 %. Price is a natural winner, bringing home gold at the world junior championships and the Sochi Olympics, and also a calder cup with Montreals' farm team, The Hamilton Bulldogs, so no one would bat an eye if Carey did win the Vezina this season. Although Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators has had a very similar season, Carey has the upper hand, seeing more shots per game and staying clutch when he needs to be. Montreal and Nashville are both battling for the presidents trophy (The leagues best team) but the bottom line for winning the Vezina trophy is being the best goaltender in league and right now, that is Carey Price.

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