I know that this is probably going to be a very unpopular take, but I do not care what anyone says.
Sometime after he hangs up the pads, Montreal Canadiens’ netminder Carey Price will get inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Yes, I know that may sound crazy considering the fact he has yet to win a Stanley Cup, but there is a lot more to look at when it comes to Price.
For starters, this guy has a ton of wins for someone who is just 31-years-old. He is currently one win away from 30 on the season.
Once he picks up his 30th victory, it will mark the fifth time that he has cracked the 30-win mark. While that may not seem like a lot, let’s remember that the team he has played behind in his career haven’t always been great.
Speaking of wins, he now owns the Canadiens’ all-time win record for goaltenders with 315 career wins. He is now ranked over legendary Habs’ netminders such as Jacques Plante, Patrick Roy, Ken Dryden, Rogie Vachon, and many others.
Montreal is perhaps the toughest place to be a netminder. The fans are anxious and aggressive, several goaltenders that have played for the franchise are in the Hockey Hall of Fame, and several them have also led the franchise to Cup wins.
Speaking of his 315 wins, he is still somewhat youngish and has a lot more time to increase his wins total. As his win total goes up, so does his climb to may be one day be considered the greatest goaltender in franchise history.
Not only does he have the wins, but his other stats also point towards being inducted into the HHOF one day. Price has a 2.47 goals-against average, a .918 save percentage, and 43 shutouts.
Again, those numbers may not seem so special, but you need to remember that the team in front of him hasn’t always been great. This means that in some seasons, he had to be the team’s best player every night and for the most part, he truly was.
While this fact I am about to mention should not be one of the main reasons why he should be a Hall of Famer when all is said and done. Let’s take a look at what he did during his unbelievable 2014-15 season:
– 44 wins
– 1.96 goals-against average
– .933 save percentage
– 9 shutouts
– Won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender
– Won the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player
– Won the Ted Lindsay Award as the league’s most valuable player as voted by his peers
– Won the William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltender with the lowest goals-against average
There are not many goaltenders that can say they had a year like Price did in 2014-15. The only thing that could have made the season better is if he won the Cup that year.
Price has also had a ton of success with Team Canada. He won the Gold Medal in 2014 in Sochi, won the World Cup in 2016, and also won a Gold Medal at the 2007 World Junior championships.
Yes, a lot of you are going to point out that he does not have a Cup. I agree that that is something that may hold some voters back.
With that said, if you take everything else into account, Price is someone that deserves to be inducted in the HHOF when all is said and done.