Jeff Carter New Team
February 24, 2012 by staff
Jeff Carter New Team, One of the two big fish is officially gone. With Jeff Carter getting traded last night to the Los Angeles Kings, that leaves Rick Nash as the last remaining prime-time target before Monday’s trade deadline.
Carter, center and right wing eligible in Yahoo! Fantasy Leagues, should see an immediate fantasy boost for the rest of this season, and his owners should definitely be happy about this trade. While the Kings are dead last in goals per game at just 2.05, Carter will end up playing on a better line than he was in Columbus, and despite this season’s struggles the Kings clearly have more offensive depth than the Jackets — Carter should end up playing the right side to either Anze Kopitar or former teammate Mike Richards.
As we said in Wednesday’s “Center Stage,” Carter is a talented goal-scorer that’s averaged 38.33 goals over the three seasons prior to this one. He was clearly unhappy in Columbus and his offensive output showed that with just 15 goals, 10 assists and a minus-11 rating in 39 games — he’s better than that. People will continue to question the mental aspects of Carter’s game, but he has one of the best snap shots in the NHL and could be in line for a big finish to this campaign.
The Kings have 21 games remaining in the regular season — don’t be surprised if Carter scores over 10 goals down the stretch and puts up 20-plus points with a significant improvement in the plus/minus category. He won’t help with penalty minutes, but he should be slotted in on the team’s top power-play unit and he also loves to shoot the puck (he averages 3.33 shots per game this season and finished with over 319 shots in each of the last three seasons), so his peripheral fantasy value should also benefit from this trade.
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