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Price, Weber atop NHLPA Player Poll

Habs goalie named toughest netminder to score on, blue-liner is among top-5 toughest to play against in annual survey

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

SUNRISE - The NHLPA released its annual Player Poll on Wednesday, and Habs fans would not be surprised that both Carey Price and Shea Weber figured prominently in the results.

The survey included over 500 NHL players, and wrapped up in January. Both Price and Weber were named in several categories, with the Habs netminder being selected as the most difficult goalie to score on by his peers.

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Price was given the distinction of being named one of the five best goalies of all time, company he shared with the likes of Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur, Dominik Hasek, and Ken Dryden. He also came third in voting when players were asked to name one current player from any position they'd want on their team in order to win a game.

Weber, for his part, was voted one of the top-5 most difficult players to play against alongside Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, Patrick Kane, and Anze Kopitar, and was ranked similarly in a poll of the League's most difficult defensemen to play against. He was also considered one of the top-5 role models in the League by his fellow players.

The results came as no surprise to Jeff Petry, who has seen both Price and Weber in action as an opponent and teammate at various points of his career.

"Webs is a guy who's a physical player. His shot is hard to defend," praised Petry. "Pricer is a tough guy to score on. I was on other teams, he was obviously tough to score on there. Even in practice, he's a guy who competes hard and is tough to score on."

That said, the native of Ann Arbor, MI was a little disappointed that Canadiens speedster Paul Byron wasn't included in the conversation for fastest skater.

"He's definitely up there. He'd be top-5 in my poll," added Petry. "I could pick [Connor] McDavid, [Mathew] Barzal, and [Michael] Grabner, but I'd definitely put Pauly in the top-5 for sure."

The Habs weren't only represented by their No. 1 goalie and defenseman, either. The players voted the Bell Centre as both their favorite place to play and as the arena with the best ice, and named Canadiens fans among the top-5 in the NHL.

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