replied to your post “EOTP was gushing about how last night Price anticipated a tipped shot…”
Heard ages ago that Price could almost have been drafted a forward. Feel this gives him amazing abilities to read the puck/anticipate plays far better than what Tokarski does. Price’s play reading is far beyond Rask/Lundy.Huge + with his leg work
Oh man though, talking about forward abilities, I need to get this out there, Price’s hands are amazing! This gives him such an advantage over other goalies because he is such a great puck handler. He is probably the best goalie in the league at playing the puck (and at other things but I need to contain myself here), which lifts enormous amounts of pressure off his defense - and not to mention saves so much time when an opposing team on a penalty kill clears the puck.
While I haven’t personally heard that about him, though, for sure he’s got an amazing understanding of the game and the plays that go on in front of him. He’s got killer instincts because of it. But (and for once I will defend Tokarski, gasp) he has years of experience in this league that Tokarski doesn’t have, so being able to read the puck and anticipate the plays will always come more naturally to Price than it does to Tokarski, so Ticker gets the benefit of the doubt there (if only also cause that’s a whole other rant). However, compare Price to other well-established goaltenders in the league - and I am SO HAPPY you named the two goalies who I think are the most overrated - and it’s astonishing how much more advanced this skill is.
But of course, having great instincts is worthless unless you’ve got the physicality to back it up, and I cannot sing Price’s praises enough in this regard. He’s got SO much power in his core, hips, and legs, that he can be caught off balance and STILL manage to get himself where he needs to be. Combine that with killer reflexes and he is practically unstoppable. And the other thing is, it’s so CONTROLLED. I can’t even count the times there’s a scramble in front of the net and he doesn’t want to just go down in the butterfly because then he’s prone but he can’t use his normal stance because that leaves too many holes, so he gets down super low and it’s all these tight, minuscule controlled movements that require insane amounts of power and endurance and then he can go from taxing positions like that to exploding across the ice to make a save and it just boggles my mind every time.
I could go on but this has already turned into enough of a rant. Can you tell yet that Price is my absolute fav?