LW William Carrier (2013, 57th overall, STL; traded to BUF)
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11-03-2012, 02:52 PM
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One of my favourite's for this years draft. Honestly, I think I may be alone on this, I prefer him over Anthony Mantha at this point.
Carrier is such a complete player, who has no obvious shortcomings. He's a power winger that like to pass the pass, that's a rare combination. While his best skill is his playmaking, he is almost as good at goal scoring as well. He really has a underrated wrist shot. It's very powerful and accurate. I've heard his skating was an issue in the past, if that was the case than he's really improved it. He's a very fast and powerful skater. He's got sneaky acceleration too, just when you think he's at top speed he has another gear. I like how hard he competes every game. He brings a consistent level of intensity in every game that I've seen him play. It's showed up on the score sheet as he's only been held pointless once.
While Carrier isn't afraid of anyone, very rarely does he go around looking for contact. He finishes his checks, but he's not going to put you through the glass or anything. For his size, I'd like to see him hit more, but it's not a big concern. As mentioned, he has a tendency to try to do everything himself.
To answer the question, I think he's getting overlooked because of all the Mantha and Erne hype right now. That and the fact that he doesn't play for a very good team.
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