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Fast Forward to 2019-20: Price or Fucale?

Habs' Zachary Fucale

The age difference between Carey Price and Zachary Fucale is almost eight years. This should be Fucale’s final season in the QMJHL and he should end up in Hamilton as a 20-year old next season. That being said, Price will be 28 years old when Fucale makes his professional debut.

We should expect Fucale to play three seasons in the AHL before making the jump to the NHL. If that’s the case, Price would be 31 years old and at the top of his game. Fucale could very well end up as the Habs’ back-up goaltender for the 2018-19 season.

Let’s fast forward to 2018-19 – Do we start shopping Price or Fucale? I don’t believe Fucale would spend more than one season in a back-up role. If Fucale proves he is NHL-ready that season, there will likely be a trade made during the off-season – and a BIG one!

What would Carey Price be worth at the top of his game? Price has already established himself as a world-class goaltender. He has won the Calder Cup with the Hamilton Bulldogs (2012). The NHL All-Star and Olympic Gold medalist was recognized as the best goaltender at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Price has maintained a GAA of 2.52 and a SV% of .917 in 369 regular season NHL games, including 179 wins and 25 shutouts.

What would Zachary Fucale be worth as an aspiring elite goaltender? He has won the Memorial Cup with the Halifax Mooseheads (2013) and was named to Canada’s roster for the 2014 World Junior Championship. Unfortunately, Fucale isn’t having his best junior season this year – GAA of 3.53 and SV% of .888 in 11 games – while playing for a much weaker squad (Mooseheads).

What about Dustin Tokarski?

Tokarski, like Price and Fucale, is a proven winner. He has won the Memorial Cup with the Spokane Chiefs (2008) and the Calder Cup with the Norfolk Admirals (2012). Unfortunately, barring any major setbacks to Zach Fucale’s development, “The Tick” will be moved by the 2018-19 season. If Tokarski continues his winning ways, he will have earned the right to request a trade where a starting goalie job is available.

There aren’t many teams in the NHL with the kinds of goalies the Montreal Canadiens have in their system. While I realize that Tokarski is no Carey Price and that Fucale has not proven anything at the professional level yet – one thing is certain – Carey Price is arguably the best goaltender in the world.

Assuming Zachary Fucale is ready for a starting goaltender job for the 2019-20 season, do you trade him OR do you trade Carey Price?

All in fun, Go Habs Go!