Carrick has done well to increase his offensive production thus far this year, and is seeing lots of time on the powerplay. Offensively, he was pretty good today. He did have one turnover at the point which lead to an odd man rush, but it was more the fault of Brett Foy for a bad pass which put Carrick in an awkward position. He gained an assist on the powerplay, working a give and go up top with Kris Kontos. He's playing 5 on 5 with Alex Cord, which is giving him lots of opportunities to work on his puck rushing skills. Defensively, I felt like he was one of the few Steelheads defenders to get exposed today. There were a few times where he was beaten off the rush and wasn't able to stay with a forward going to the net. When the play slowed down, he was good and was able to win his battles in the corners and was a physical presence, but those defensive lapses off the rush were things that plagued him last year too. He'll need to continue to work on that.
I like the interview.
Seems like every decision he's made has been to improve his development...not $ related.
I'm not so sure I like is feelings that he expected to be in the NHL after 3 years, but I guess self-confidence can be a good thing too.
I expect him to come back over and play at least 1 season in the NHL.
Murphy looked really good last night vs. Windsor (it was on NHL Network), his skating looked fluid and his creativeness on the PP was fun to watch. He should have won it for Kitchener in OT but hit the post.
I saw Trevor Carrick play against London this past Sunday. He looked very poised and calm in the defensive zone. Broke up quite a few plays but he had a few gaffes as well. Let his man get behind him and lost him then the guy got sprung on a breakaway. He was pretty good at getting his shot through on the pp and almost had a goal in the first. He scored in the shootout as well but the steelheads ended up losing. Crazy shootout, went something like 19 or 20 rounds. For 12 straight rounds no one from either team scored.
* - Ellis is on contract with Charlotte, not Hurricanes property and by no means a prospect.
pre-WJC update. Carrick seems to be having a huge season as does Tlusty right now. Rask has been playing very well in the Dub of late.
Will be interesting to see if the Canes bring back Dadonov given how productive he's been in the KHL. Could provide some much needed scoring depth, but I doubt he'll come back if he's offered a two-way contract.