Future could be now for Price, other prospects

Canadiens goaltending prospect Carey Price is described as the team’s goaltender of the future, but he might advance that timeline somewhat based on his performance during the next month.

Price will be closely watched – by Canadiens’ staff and fans – during the team’s rookie camp that opens tomorrow and team’s training camp starting next week, The Gazette’s Pat Hickey writes.

While the idea was to have Price start this season with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League, Price has the Canadiens re-evaluating his status after leading the Bulldogs to the Calder Cup last spring.

But a young goaltender needs to play to develop and he would not be well-served staying in Montreal as a No. 2 with limited playing time.

The ultimate decision rests with head coach Guy Carbonneau.

“A young goalie like that has to play,” Carbonneau said.

Hickey also lists several other prospects that cold have a realistic shot of making the Canadiens, including Kyle Chipchura, Ryan O’Byrne and Pavel Valentenko.

And he also writes to keep an eye on P.K. Subban, the energetic and entertaining defenceman from the OHLn drafted this summer by the Canadiens.

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