COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired center Jeff Carter from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Jakub Voracek and the club's first and third round picks, eighth and 68th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced June 23.
Carter, 26, has registered 181 goals and 162 assists for 343 points with 288 penalty minutes and a +51 plus/minus rating in 461 career NHL games. He has added 48 power play, 38 game-winning and 12 shorthanded goals during his six seasons with the Flyers, has hit the 30-goal mark in each of the past three campaigns and made his All-Star Game debut in 2009.
"The Columbus Blue Jackets are very pleased and excited to acquire Jeff Carter," said Howson. "Jeff is a proven number one center in the National Hockey League and we look forward to him having many productive seasons as a Blue Jacket."
Carter tallied 36-30-66, 39 penalty minutes and was +27 (13th in NHL) in 80 games in 2010-11, leading the Flyers in goals (seventh in NHL), power play goals (eight-tied), game-winning goals (seven/12th in NHL tied with CBJ’s Rick Nash) and shots on goal (335/third in NHL). In 2009-10, he racked up 33-28-61 and 38 penalty minutes with 11 power play goals and 319 shots (third in NHL) in 74 games. He had his best season to date in 2008-09 when he tallied a career-high 46-38-84, 68 penalty minutes and was +23 in 82 games to lead the club in goals (second in NHL), points (12th in NHL), power play goals (13/13th-tied in NHL), game-winning goals (12/1st in NHL) and shots (342/fourth in NHL).
Philadelphia's first pick, 11th overall, in the 2003 Entry Draft, Carter made his pro debut with the American Hockey League’s Philadelphia Phantoms during the 2004 Calder Cup Playoffs. After completing his major junior career with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2004-05, he appeared in three regular season games with the Phantoms and then tallied 12-11-23 in 21 games to help lead the club to the Calder Cup championship. He made his Flyers debut the following year, scoring 23-19-42 with 40 penalty minutes and a +10 plus/minus rating in 81 games.
The London, Ontario native played four seasons with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League from 2002-05, registering 123-123-246 and 133 penalty minutes in 236 career games and served as the team's captain during his final two seasons in which he also earned OHL All-Star honors (Second Team in 2003-04 and First Team in 2004-05). He also helped Canada win a gold medal at the 2005 World Junior Championships and earned a silver medal at the 2004 tournament, earning All-Tournament Team honors both years.