2011-12 All Purpose Kings Trade Rumors and Proposals Thread III
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01-24-2012, 02:14 PM
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Carter has primarily been a C his entire career as Philly usually used him and Richards as their top two centers. Last season, after Giroux emerged as one of Philly's top players, Carter was shifted to play wing.
Philly's centers last season were Briere, Giroux, Richards and Betts. Briere primarily played with Leino and Hartnell, which was their top line. Behind them was Giroux centering Carter and Zherdev (or Nodl). Richards was centering Versteeg and van Riemsdyk (or Carcillo). When Carter was hurt during the playoffs, JVR moved up and Carcillo took his spot on the Richards line.
So to answer your question, Carter does have experience playing wing, although his natural position is center, and he did not play on the same line with Mike Richards, other than them being together on special teams.
In that sense, Carter kind of reminds me of Bernie Nicholls. He has a huge shot (like Bernie), not the swiftest skater but he'll be your primary weapon on the powerplay and can shift to wing whenever needed, which is what the Kings did at times by having Nicholls on the ice with Gretzky. Pair Carter with Kopitar and Brown and slide Williams down to play with Richards.
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