Friday, July 30, 2010

Predictions and "Grade-ictions" Series

Jeff Carter
2009/2010 Regular season stats: 33G 28A +2
2010 Playoff stats: 5G 2A -5
Grade: B-

It's tough to give a guy a grade of a B- when he scored 33 regular season goals. But when he scored 46 goals the previous year and would continually go on scoring droughts where it was difficult to even know if he was even dressed or not, a B- is a very fair grade. It also didn't help Carter's grade that he was a no-show in the Cup Final. Sure he had just come off of injury, but if you score 33 regular season goals and are taking up a spot on the roster, you better produce in the Finals.

It didn't help this past season that Carter spent the majority of the time away from his natural position at center. He was playing mostly on the wing with Mike Richards at center. It does look as though Carter is going to be out of position again this year with the Flyers having an abundance of other centermen (Richards, Briere, Giroux, Betts). This is a contract year for Carter, so he's going to want to show the Flyers management that he wants to and deserves to be a Flyer with a large contract.

Flyers management and fans alike are looking for a big rebound year in 2010/11 from Carter, but with him playing out of position again, I'm not sure it's going to be there.

2010/2011 Predictions: 36G 32A -1

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