Yahoo! Sports came out with their list of the NHL’s Top 25 Centers
heading into the 2015-'16 campaign. Jeff Carter
is positioned at #21.
Dean Lombardi acquired Carter on February 23, 2012 from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a trade for the Kings’ 2013 first-round draft selection.
Carter’s impact was immediate – the lanky, long-reach forward registered nine points (6G, 3A) in the Kings’ final 16 games of the 2011-’12 regular season. Carter was instrumental in helping lead Los Angeles to its first Stanley Cup in 2012, putting up 13 points (8G, 5A), tied for the team lead in goals scored in the club’s 20-game run to their title.
During the lockout-shortened season in 2012-’13, Carter finished the regular season 3rd on the club with 33 points scored (26G, 7A), and first in goals scored. Although the Kings were eliminated in the Western Conference Finals that year, Carter had himself a solid postseason – racking up 13 points (6G, 7A) in 18 games.
Yet another impressive season was had by Carter in 2013-’14, finishing the regular season second on the club with 50 points (27G, 23A) – and tied second on the roster in the playoffs with 25 points (10G, 15A) as the Kings drove to their second Stanley Cup Championship in three years.
Yahoo! Sports’ Sam McCraig recently came out with a list of the top 25 NHL players at each position heading into the 2015-’16 campaign.
“His blend of size, speed and shot release make him lethal in the offensive zone.”
Carter utilizes his frame extremely well, whether it be his long reach translating into tremendous used of torque on his shot, which boasts one of the quickest releases in the NHL. At 6’4”, Carter’s speed can often be deceiving with his long – but extremely efficient stride. Once he’s given time and space, with or without the puck, he has the ability to blow past defenders in very subtle fashion.
2014-’15 saw Carter lead the club in goals scored with 28, and finished second on the roster in points scored with 62 – only behind Anze Kopitar’s 64. Carter will turn 31 during the upcoming season on January 1.
Carter, signed through 2022, has seven years left on his current contract.
You can see the complete list of Yahoo!’s Top 25 Centermen list heading into the 2015-’16 list HERE