TRADE: #Leafs acquire Washington's 2nd Rd. pick in '16 Connor Carrick and Brooks Laich for Daniel Winnik and Anaheim’s 5th Rd pick in '16— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 29, 2016
It’s hard to find Carrick's place in the trade that brought him to Toronto. Was he the main target? Was the 2nd round pick up there with him? Was Carrick Washington’s cost for moving out Brooks Laich?
What we do know is the Maple Leafs now have a solid up and coming defenseman from the Capitals, and he placed seventh in our voting this year.
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Voting ranged from 5 to 12, but the majority ranked him at 8. We’re well into the top 10 and one key fact that bumps players in this area is the voters read on a prospects' NHL readiness. Carrick’s tiny amount of NHL games played didn’t deter voters from ranking him above others with more experience in the big leagues.
Carrick played 34 NHL games with the Capitals in 13/14. He spent all of 14/15 with the Hershey Bears. Last season he played 3 games with the Caps, and 16 with the Maple Leafs. That's 53 NHL games over three seasons since turning pro, and ten points total to show for it.
Okay, so far he hasn’t been an offensive powerhouse, but I wouldn’t expect a young defenseman to be Erik Karlsson right away, spreading about half a season over three years. What we want to know is, how does his production and usage compare to other players? Take Martin Marincin for example. He’s two years older than Carrick, but was ranked one spot lower in our Top 25 than Carrick. Marincin has had three times as many NHL games under his belt, but Carrick has ten more AHL games. I compared their AHL stats on QuantHockey.com and Carrick double Marincins AHL point totals by age 21.
When Carrick was traded to the Leafs he remained in the NHL for the duration of the season, joining the Marlies only when the Leafs were finished, and during the AHL playoffs Carrick was the Marlies leading scorer, with 18 points in 15 games.
"He's a good skater and passer that was brought up to the NHL way too soon. It sort of tainted his reputation and interrupted his development curve. He is small and had a tendency to back too far into his defensive zone, very likely related to being called up to the NHL too soon. He's got the skill set to be a darling of the advanced stats proponents (think something like Jared Spurgeon) but will provide plenty of fodder for dissent from the traditionalists. I wouldn't expect a ton of 5v5 production but could be a nice piece to a power play with some shooters."