Ryan Carter could find himself in a battle for the last line at center if Jacob Josefson can impress this training camp.
Ryan Carter started off his career in the USHL junior hockey league on the Green Bay Gamblers. He averaged over 2 penalty minutes a game in his USHL career and would total 81 points (41 G, 40 A) in 115 games.
He then went on to play at Minnesota State University-Mankato for two years and would continue to rack up the penalty minutes. He served 115 penalty minutes in 76 games at MSU-Mankato and contributed 58 points (34 goals, 24 assists).
Carter would sign his first professional contract with the Anaheim Ducks in 2006. He spent the season in the AHL with the Portland Pirates and was then called up to play 4 games for the Ducks during their Stanley Cup run and would have his name engraved on Lord Stanley’s Cup.
In 2008, Carter would register his first and second goal against Martin Brodeur. He would suffer a strange arm injury and was then out for the rest of the 2007-08 season.
Carter would then later be traded to the Carolina Hurricanes and then eventually to the Florida Panthers. During the 2011-12 season, the New Jersey Devils claimed Ryan Carter off waivers and would go on to score 7 points during the playoffs that year.
What to Expect
Ryan Carter should be on the fourth line to start the season. That claim is further backed up by the fact that he isn’t on the infamous “5th line”. It will likely be labeled as a battle between him and Jacob Josefson for the last spot but unless Josefson dazzles, I don’t see Carter going to Albany. Josefson still has more to prove if he wants to have a steady job in the NHL.
Carter is an unrestricted free agent after this season and the Devils may not want to bring him back. On the other hand, he does have some upside for the price he would be asking for, which was only $775,000 last time they negotiated a contract. He also just helped Team USA earn a Bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships, earning 1 goal, 1 assist, 10 penalty minutes in 10 games.
It isn’t anything outstanding but it still is help nonetheless. Carterhas an important season this season and if Josefson does well in Albany and shows promise in the NHL, Carter could become expendable.
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