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09-01-2010, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Jester View Post
No, because he doesn't even remotely attempt to try and play like 'em.

Crosby and Ovechkin... both extremely talented offensive players. Do they play at all alike?
Ovechkin and Carter are not similar players. It has nothing to do with the degree to which Ovechkin is a sniper.

What makes Ovechkin is the fact that he is so dynamic. He's capable of coming down and pulling a Carter, but he's also capable of powering wide around a defenseman, but he's also capable of dangling through a defenseman, but he's also capable of setting up an attack in he offensive zone with his linemates.

Carter is really only capable of coming down and firing a laser on net. And he is extremely effective at it, but to say he plays the same style as Ovechkin is just false. Ovechkin has so many more tools at his disposal which make him an easier player for a playmaker (Backstrom) to play with.

Carter needs to skate the puck up the ice to be effective. Ovechkin does not. He could just as easily throw it to his linemate to carry the puck, then follow the play up the ice. That is what Carter doesnt do, and that's why Carter is not really effected by better linemates. He plays the same exact way because his linemates arent able to display their full assortment of tools.

Carter is a headache for a playmaker to play with. I'm not even trying to discredit him, I actually think that's a positive thing. He is effective by himself. How many goal scorers are able to put up 40 goal seasons without a solid playmaker on their line?

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