Jeff Carter
Jeff Carter
36-Year-Old CenterC
Pittsburgh Penguins
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Carter once again provided a little scoring boost for the Kings with 17 goals in 60 games last year, but the rest of his game left a lot to be desired and his minus-21 rating was by far the worst on the team. The 35-year-old is out of place on a rebuilding roster, but the team hasn't yet developed enough depth to push him aside completely, and at this stage of his career Carter isn't going to fetch much in a trade. The best-case scenario for the Kings would be for him to fall into a power-play and faceoff specialist role, with younger players inheriting his shifts at even strength, and Gabriel Vilardi appeared to begin that process down the stretch last season by claiming the second-line center spot while Carter was sidelined with a core muscle injury. He underwent surgery to correct the issue in June but he's expected to be healthy for the beginning of the season, although a full recovery from surgery of that nature can take a while. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an 11-year, $58 million contract extension with the Flyers in November of 2010. Traded to the Blue Jackets in June of 2011. Traded to the Kings in February of 2012. Traded to the Penguins in April of 2021.
First career four-goal game
CPittsburgh Penguins
May 6, 2021
Carter scored four goals in Thursday's chaotic 8-4 win over the Sabres.
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Carter struck twice in the first period to stake the Penguins to a 2-1 lead. He put them ahead again with his hat trick goal in the second, then added an insurance tally in the third to cap off a remarkable performance. The 36-year-old center had six hat tricks in his career entering Thursday. For the season, he's up to 16 tallies, 13 assists, 151 shots on net and a plus-2 rating in 53 games between the Kings and the Penguins.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:27
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:16
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:01
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:04
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:30
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:30
 
Ice Time
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2018–19
18:09
2:28
1:15
2019–20
16:56
1:50
1:23
2020–21
16:27
2:16
1:01
2020–21
17:04
1:30
1:30
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Like most of the veterans on the Kings, Carter suffered through a rough 2018-19 campaign. After scoring 13 goals in only 27 games the season before, he barely matched that total in 76 games, scoring his 13th in his final contest. To make matters worse, his minus-20 rating was the worst of his career. The 34-year-old could be on his last legs in the NHL, but with two years and an affordable $4 million left on his contract, the club isn't likely to cut him loose. Expect Carter to mentor a couple of young linemates to begin the season, and if he can catch a hot streak, he might make himself enticing enough to get traded to a contender.
An injury robbed Carter of all but 27 games in 2017-18, but when he was able to play, he was effective. He scored 22 points in that limited stretch, including six goals in his final nine games, which suggests that he would have been as effective as usual if he'd been able to play the full season. That means it's best to view the 33-year-old as if he were coming off the previous season, when he scored 32 goals and 34 assists and posted his third consecutive 60-point season. If he's able to stay healthy, another 60-point season is a reasonable target.
A pillar of consistency, Carter is one of just 10 skaters to post at least 20 goals, 50 points and 200 shots in each of the past four seasons. He's also coming off his best showing (32 goals and 66 points) since his final year in Philadelphia in 2010-11. Carter clearly isn't showing any signs of slowing down offensively and still owns the skating ability, size and scoring acuity to continue producing solid numbers despite advancing into his mid-30s. The veteran is often under-appreciated in many fantasy circles, but Carter's reliability and go-to role with the Kings shouldn't be overlooked.
Turning 30 didn’t slow Carter down one bit – he turned in his second straight 62-point season last year despite missing five games. The veteran pivot actually launched 24 more shots on goal than the year before, and there’s no arguing that he’s still one of the most dangerous weapons for the Kings, surpassed only by Anze Kopitar and perhaps the rising young Tyler Toffoli. Still smack in the middle of the absurdly long 11-year deal the Flyers signed him to in 2010, Carter’s locked into his role in Los Angeles, as the organization has no one coming to push him at the center position. He could hit 60 points again, but it depends to some degree on his linemates; if he ends up with fading veteran Marian Gaborik on his right wing, serious damage could be done to Carter’s fantasy value.
Carter now finds himself on the wrong side of 30, but that doesn’t mean that he’s slowing down. In fact, he had one of the best statistical seasons of his career in 2014-15, scoring 28 goals and tallying 34 assists, both of which were his best totals since his final season in Philadelphia. An even better sign for Carter was that he played in all 82 games for the first time since 2008-09. While he may not be a 30-goal scorer anymore, Carter remains one of the top scoring options on the Kings. His 10 power-play goals and nearly 18 minutes of average ice time make him a valuable contributor in the Kings’ top-six and top power-play units, and that holds true for fantasy owners as well.
Carter was second on the Kings in points (50), goals (27) and power play goals (8), trailing only Anze Kopitar in all three categories. His strong play continued on in the playoffs and he's settled in nicely as the Kings No. 2 center. He figures to spend most of his time skating alongside a pair of talented playmakers in Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli on "That 70s Line" while also seeing plenty of power play time. A repeat performance of 2013-14 is certainly in the cards.
Carter's first full season in Los Angeles certainly went better than his time in Columbus as he netted 26 goals in 48 games, a tally that was good enough for fourth in the NHL. His overall point production wasn't helped much with just seven assists though. An abnormally high shooting percentage (19.5 percent last year; 11.5 percent for his career) will make a repeat performance in the goal-scoring department difficult. Expect a drop off.
Carter escaped Columbus in a trade deadline deal last year and while he didn't put up huge numbers (six goals and three assists) for the Kings in 16 regular-season games, he did notch eight tallies in the team's run to the Stanley Cup. An ankle injury slowed his integration into the Kings lineup so perhaps a full season skating alongside close friend Mike Richards will help him recapture the form he flashed as a Flyer.
The trade out of Philly was a shocker, both for Carter and for Flyers fans, but in Columbus he has an opportunity to carve out his own legacy. He's never had a linemate like Rick Nash, and the Blue Jackets' power play will be at least competent with Carter and James Wisniewski on board, so last year's totals of 36 goals and 66 points (also his four-season averages) should easily be repeatable. Going from a perennial Cup contender to a perennial also-ran can be tough, but Carter has the skills to flourish provided he can adapt to his new environment.
After having the best year of his young career in 2008-09, Carter's number took a dip across the board last season, thanks largely to a foot injury that hampered him throughout the spring. He missed just nine regular season games because of his broken foot, but wasn't the same player as the Flyers marched towards the Stanley Cup Finals. He was able to play in Philly's loss to Chicago, and now he's had a full offseason to get well, indicating he should be good to go for the upcoming campaign. Carter is a major cog to the Flyers' success as evidenced in his plus-26 rating in Philly wins against a minus-26 rating in losses. Getting the 25-year old to produce in a night in, night out basis will obviously be an emphasis to both Carter and the team all season long. With the young talent around Carter in Philadelphia, bet on him bouncing back to something close to the '08-'09 numbers.
A little bit of a surprise with 46 goals in 2008-09, Carter ranked second in goals in the NHL and 12th in points with 84. Carter will see great ice time and opportunity to shine on the top line with the Flyers. There might be some drop-off in the goal department but you can count on Carter reaching the same level of points for the 2009-10 season. Carter also is very resourceful for fantasy owners in other categories including finishing 20th in the league in plus-minus, first in game-winning goals and fourth in both shots on goal and short-handed goals.
Carter scored 29 goals last season and was rewarded with a three-year contract to join a number of his fellow young Flyer forwards locked in for the foreseeable future. He's steadily improved over each of his three seasons, although his production was inconsistent at times last year. Look for Carter to play a more prominent role this season, which should translate to more ice time and bigger numbers across the board.
Carter has an array of different shots and good hand-eye coordination. At his current level of play, he's already a responsible defensive player, a good face-off man, and a strong forechecker. Even though he's on the second line after Daniel Briere, look for him to have a lot of assists and hit 50 points this season.
Carter had a good rookie season and will only improve in his second year. Carter could approach 30 goals and 70 points this year.
The Flyers' blue chipper has his coming out party this year. Coach Ken Hitchcock plans on using Carter on a line with Simon Gagne and Peter Forsberg - if this line sticks throoughout the season, a 70 point output by Carter should be realistic.
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Tallies another goal
CPittsburgh Penguins
April 27, 2021
Carter scored a goal on five shots in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Bruins.
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Registers first point with Pens
CPittsburgh Penguins
April 19, 2021
Carter notched an assist for his first point as a Penguin in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Sabres.
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Joining Penguins
CPittsburgh Penguins
April 11, 2021
The Kings traded Carter to Pittsburgh in exchange for draft picks Sunday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
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Records goal and assist
CLos Angeles Kings
April 10, 2021
Carter scored a goal on two shots, dished an assist, served two PIM and added a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Sharks.
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Strikes for equalizer
CLos Angeles Kings
April 7, 2021
Carter scored a goal on two shots and added four hits in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Coyotes.
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